Maple wood gloat

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 12-31-2009 02:37 AM 1382 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

They are widening the road near where I live and have been cutting down a lot of old growth trees. I have been working hard the last several weeks to stay ahead of the wood chipper and have scored a lot of free wood.
This is a salad bowl turned from a sugar maple tree that was 48” in diameter at the trunk. The bowl is 14 inches in diameter and 6 inches deep. Wall thickness is 3/16”. I sanded this piece to 320 grit and then wet sanded it using Behlens salad bowl oil. Applied 4 coats of the Behlens and then buffed the piece up. The spalting and wood grain in the bowl are absolutely spectacular. Free wood is good wood!

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 12-31-2009 03:29 AM

Jeff You get all the good wood. Cherry trees, now Maple trees. I hope that you have a fork lift to get those 48” pieces of trunk home.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 12-31-2009 04:03 AM

That’s gorgeous! I think I’m probably not alone in also wanting to see some pics of the pile of wood you’ve hauled home! nudge nudge

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 05:53 AM

What a score! Would also love to see pics of the pile.

Great bowl. I like the shape and the free spalted sugar maple makes it even better.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 01:36 PM

Hey… nice score, free wood is good wood . and it looks like you have hit the jackpot.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 04:17 PM

Great job, Bowls are beautiful, so is the resue job.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#6 posted 01-01-2010 08:33 AM

Very nice bowl, I love working with mapel.

Congrats on the FREE wood

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#7 posted 01-01-2010 08:41 AM

Good job Jeff

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#8 posted 01-02-2010 08:22 AM

Jeff, great save. Its amazing what folks will cut into firewood or chip up.
Keep up the good work!

-- Phil

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