Bowl thingy

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Project by tedpower posted 06-12-2010 03:20 AM 1670 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bowl/platter during a free week between semesters.
i got this off cut from a guy at school, we tend to share small pieces and whatever we can spare, its a nice environment. it was too short to go though the jointer and planer (schools shop minimum is 12”) so i hand planed the top and bottom (they are flat as can be…just not necessarily parallel to each other!).
i had intended to carve out the bowl area but one of my instructors suggested turning it and walked me through it, showing me some techniques, which was sorta cool. its easy to catch that edges of the bowl and rip out a chunk of wood which i did a number of times!

it`s walnut harvested locally and air dried then messed with by me. i sanded it to 150 burnished it and then sprayed it, though after seeing the result i realized i like oil rather than lacquer on walnut. brings out the darkness.

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#1 posted 06-12-2010 03:23 AM

Thats great cool wood and turning.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-12-2010 04:10 AM

Looks really good, especially for a first turning.

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#3 posted 06-12-2010 05:02 AM

Danish oil does the best job in my opinion. Tung oil can make it a really dark purple. I recently tried a butcher’s block conditioner on a walnut bowl, and it really brought out the grain. Great idea on the use of a scrap!

-- Aaron Possom Town, TN

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#4 posted 06-12-2010 06:33 AM

Very cool congrats on youtr first turning, it’s addictive

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#5 posted 06-12-2010 02:07 PM

Excellent work.

I did a square cornered turning once. I got stung pretty hard when my hand got too close to the spinning corners. Actually, that happened several times. Obviously, I was doing something wrong. Nonetheless, I know that turning a square cornered piece takes some extra skill and there is an extra risk of being hurt (but not injured).

Well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 09:07 PM

cool designed bowl.

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

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#7 posted 06-12-2010 11:39 PM

thanks dudes.

richgreer- i gotta admit i was pretty sketched out about those just cant see em. all was good though no banged up knuckles.

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#8 posted 06-13-2010 08:48 AM

Great turning. I really like the square corners and the live edges. Nice combo of styles.

Keep it up.


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

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#9 posted 10-23-2010 02:54 PM

Very nice! I love the live edge on this. I think you are right about the oil though. I like to use several coats of tung oil first- then use poly over that if it needs some shine and protection.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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