Maple bowl

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Project by Javed Akhtar posted 12-08-2016 07:39 PM 969 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I acquired this maple bowl blank about a year ago and it has been drying ever since. I waited for it to drop to around 10% moisture content.

I’m not a super experienced bowl turner, but this is my biggest so far – about 9.5” across and 4” deep. I sanded down to 2000 grit (it felt like glass when I was done!), and then applied paste wax while still on the lathe, and then buffed it off with a clean rag. I like this finish for turnings and have been using it for pens for a while now – it’s simple and quick and leaves a nice surface.

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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#1 posted 12-09-2016 04:47 AM

Excellent job on bringing out the grain on it. Beautiful bowl.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 12-09-2016 05:54 AM

The bowl looks great! How did you get the dark patches, or is that natural?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 12-09-2016 05:50 PM

Thanks! The dark patches are totally natural. There’s even a fair bit of spalting on the underside, but sadly it didn’t make its way up the sides.

The bowl looks great! How did you get the dark patches, or is that natural?

- John

-- Javed Akhtar, Vancouver BC,

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