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Project by swirlsandburls posted 1582 days ago 1180 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chunk of white-oak burl was wet and wax covered when I got it, and I was especially concerned about cracking. I used an alcohol bath after roughing, and it went reasonably well, considering where the piece started. It was dry in about 2 weeks and had warped very little. The piece was very challenging as a result of bark inclusions and oak is hard as all get-out when burled like this. But it is a real favorite. To finish the bottom, I made a Jam chuck and held the bowl in place with the tailstock. Since the piece is about 11” in diameter, getting the jam chuck just right was interesting. I got it on the first try, however, and the rest is history. I finished it with my own mix of tung-oil wiping varnish, then used the Beall buff system for the polishing. There is some very pretty color, especially around the inclusions. Wondering if I should put it in the gallery for sale, or just keep it!

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general





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woodworm

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#1 posted 1582 days ago

Beautiful bowl, excellent work indeed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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jsquared

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#2 posted 1582 days ago

Beautiful bowl! I’d keep it, but that is just me. It’s hard to part with the really nice pieces. If you made another, sell one of them.

-- Jsquared, Texas

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tucsoncyclist

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#3 posted 1582 days ago

I have a piece of oak just about like that. Waiting until tax season is over to tackle it. Hope it turns out as beautiful.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#4 posted 1582 days ago

Thats a might pretty bowl, usually oak does nothing for me, but this is great looking.

-- Dan Wiggins

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argon9

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#5 posted 1582 days ago

Nice work, and thanks for the details in the post.

-- Lathes have a weird vortex around them; I lose all track of time when close enough.

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