Natural Burl Oak Bowl

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Project by NightOwl posted 04-21-2010 01:33 AM 1575 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Found a really nasty, spalted, rotten, burled piece of oak unfit to be burned indoors and decided to put it on the lathe. I wasn’t really sure what shape it was going to take and if there would be anything worth saving but in the end it looks like a keeper.

The bowl measures 4.5” diameter x 3.75” tall.
Finished with a combination of mineral oil and a good deal of buffing.

-- Bill

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#1 posted 04-21-2010 02:49 AM

Very interesting turning. nice job!

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 03:05 AM

Very nice, I’m still learning a lot about turning various pieces, so I’m curios how you mounted it for turning. Faceplate or chuck, Did it take a special piece to hold it?

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 07:31 AM

Fantastic! You have turned an ugly duckling into a swan. Definitely a keeper. Love the natural edges and the hole going through it. Fantastic work.

Keep it up.


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

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#4 posted 04-22-2010 12:00 AM

Thanks for the great comments guys!

@Dave: I’m just learning as well. Unfortunately I don’t have a tailstock on my lathe so I had to start this off with a 3” face plate but then switched over to a bowl chuck once I had some good mounting points. If I had a tailstock I would have started with a spur center and then moved to the bowl chuck.

-- Bill

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