Oak Burl Bowl

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 03-26-2010 02:05 AM 1654 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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#1 posted 03-26-2010 02:27 AM

Beautiful bowl, excellent work indeed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 03:45 AM

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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#3 posted 03-26-2010 04:32 AM

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 03-26-2010 05:17 AM

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

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 08:45 PM

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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