Live Edge Mesquite Bowl

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Project by Blackie_ posted 07-04-2016 02:27 PM 1037 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve not yet added a lathe to my shop so I have to make due with what I have and in some cases the lathe is the wrong tool to have, such as in this one. I made this bowel using a #24 grit Carbide Cup grinding Wheel purchased from Harbor freight. Though I am picky at what I purchase from HF this little instrument is worth the purchase and a dandy to have in your workshop, The wheel is very aggressive and creates a ton of sawdust.

The bowl measures 12” x 3 1/4” x 9” at it’s widest point. I normally finish my projects with a wipe on satin poly but in this case I went with a pure clear gloss poly. First coat is a rub of tung oil then the poly and lastly paste wax.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 07-04-2016 03:43 PM

Nifty lil trough

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 07-04-2016 04:41 PM


Looks like you’re branching out in the making things department. I purchased a couple of those wheels to experiment with as the price is right. On my “to do” list. Have a great Texas 4th of July!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Donna Menke

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#3 posted 07-04-2016 05:26 PM

Looks fantastic. Bet it sells.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 07-04-2016 07:50 PM

Very nice bowl, Randy. I just bought another carbide half donut disc at HF, too. I have one in Arizona and I took all the bark and sapwood off a 50” long mesquite tree trunk with it and it still is sharp.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 07-04-2016 08:16 PM

Thanks Roger, Tom, Donna and Jim.

I sure hope so Donna.

Sounds like a great purchase for us Jim.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 07-04-2016 08:21 PM

Nice looking piece, Randy. Been thinking about getting an aangle grinder, any suggestions on brands?

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 07-04-2016 09:29 PM

Blackie, this is a very interesting bowl. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 07-04-2016 10:32 PM

LOVE IT! Great contrast of geometric and natural shapes. You see something different from every angle. Great job, thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 07-05-2016 04:57 AM

Blackie, this is a nice idea. I am sure you will perfect the top edge with time and like all your work each round leads to another and yet another and every iteration will be different and better. Don’t get me wrong this one is nice and has a good sense of form and design, but I will be interested to see what comes next. As always thanks for taking us along.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 07-05-2016 11:23 AM

Thanks once again everyone.

Tooch, I can’t really give advise in this matter, the grinder I have is one I bought several years ago from HF but if I were to ever replace it, I would get a non disposable tool such as a Dewalt, Bosch, something in a top line of tools. But this is just me, I’m weeding out my disposable tools as they break.

Alan, Perfect the top edge? Please explain as this is the image I was going for.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#11 posted 07-05-2016 06:17 PM

Randy, great idea and concept. I haven’t added a lathe to my shop either and the way I am thinking right now, I may never add one.

-- Bob

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#12 posted 07-06-2016 12:52 AM

I like it. Amazing what that grinder disc will do.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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