|Project by rustfever||posted 1098 days ago||1010 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
I have completed the turning of a salad bowl for my wife. I started with a chunk of Claro Walnut that was 17” in diameter and nearly 6” thick. I haved ended with a bowl 15” in diameter and 5” tall. I managed to get the edges of the bowl down to 0.085” thick. Yes, less than 3/32” thick at the edge. It even scares me. But I have completed the turning and the sanding to 2000 grit. I have treated with Tung oil. Soon, I will buff it with the Beall, 3 step system.
The wood came from a walnut tree in the side yard of a friend’s home in Turlock CA. The tree was very sickly and was nearly dead. We dug out the rootball and the trunk. I had the tree sawn by a local sawyer. I then put the wood in a rick for a year. After rough turning, I set it rough bowl aside in a box of ‘turning dust’ for about 3 months. I then turned it down a bit more. It was then give an bath in 99% alcohol for 3 days, and dried for an additional 20 days. It took 5 hours of sanding on the lath to get it down to 2000 grit. But I think it is worth all of the work.
-- Rustfever, Central California