Cherry Fruit Bowl

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Project by NightOwl posted 03-07-2010 11:47 PM 1390 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned this from a solid piece of American Cherry. The bowl measures 9.5” diameter by 5” tall. It is my 4th bowl and by far the largest. Compared to my last project, I spent more time in the finishing stages on this than the carving or hollowing. The bowl is finished with a few coats of Mylands on the inside and a 3 stage buffing on the outside (Tripoli, White Diamond, Wax).

Most interesting thing I found when turning this was when I started turning the cherry it was green. I rough turned it and then let it dry for about 2 weeks. While it was drying the fresh turned bowl smelled like fresh cut watermelon. Every time I walked by it while drying I had to smell the wood!

-- Bill

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#1 posted 03-08-2010 02:50 AM


Beautiful shape… fantastic finish.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-08-2010 03:46 AM

Great bowl it looks super.

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#3 posted 03-08-2010 03:49 AM

Great Lookin Bowl

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 03-08-2010 05:13 AM

That is one reason why I love working with green cherry, it puts out a very pleasant aroma in my workshop and makes me tempted to leave the shavings on the floor for a while but I can’t stand messes on the floor so it goes in the trash can.

Nice job!


-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 03-08-2010 07:40 AM

Great turning. Love the footed design and the finish is fantastic.

Keep it up.


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

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#6 posted 03-08-2010 02:26 PM

Elegant turning, the shape is exquisite, very nice finish.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 03-09-2010 12:36 AM

Well done.

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#8 posted 03-09-2010 03:07 AM

Thanks you all!

-- Bill

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#9 posted 03-09-2010 05:12 PM

The bowl is great. Very nice shape and proportion. Question: It sounds like you left the bowl out to dry freely. Did you do anything to help avoid cracking during drying?

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 03:06 AM

Thanks Taid… Keeping the bowl from cracking wasn’t really my top priority so what I did is not necessarily the best or recommended method.

For the most part, I turned the bowl to nearly the desired shape when green. I sealed it with Mylands friction finish in an attempt to prevent it from drying too fast. I moved the piece in doors and it rested for about 2 weeks. The bowl did change shape and some cracking in the base where the wood was the thickest. For the final turning I carved it back to round and removed a good deal of wood from the base. There are still a few very small cracks remaining in the base but nothing that really catches the eye.

For me, the process was seems to work but if I were to really turn a long term display piece then I would take more care in the drying process. Note, this doesn’t always work and one piece I have changed shape to a point that I could not finish turn it but I ended up liking the new shape anyway.

Hope that helps.

-- Bill

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