Maple Burl Bowl "The Four Scoop"

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Project by FordMike posted 06-14-2010 07:14 AM 1746 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is done a bit differently than my normal methods.The rough was a large scrap from another bowl finished last year. The scrap was an exagerated isosceles triangle shape with the long side natural burl. I evened up the base on the bandsaw, and attached a 4” faceplate with screws(unusual for me I usually use a glued on premade tenon for my chuck). I first turned the base and established the outer diameter.Hollowing the top was exciting, but by carefully sliding the tool rest down from the top as the work progressed I made it to the bottom with only a couple close calls. Most of the close calls were from the thickness of my bowl gouge with the height of the tool rest and the angle that the fat handles had to be to reach all the way down. Going back to the outside of the top finishing the walls to 3/8” bring it down to the square rim. The inner upper walls were sanded with a flap sander, the outter wals were sanded with a power sander. The finish is Jasco Tung Oil, three coats. The piece was parted off the faceplate. The dimensions for the bowl are 14” height, the square is 6” and the base is 4” diameter.

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#1 posted 06-14-2010 07:15 AM

OK I’m a dork the title is supposed to be “Flour Scoop”

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#2 posted 06-14-2010 07:19 AM


-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 06-14-2010 07:24 AM

Mr Dork: ...LOL… I knew that all along. Nice piece of work!

At 14 inches, I would most definately use that Beauty as a Flour, OOPS! Flower Vase!


-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#4 posted 06-14-2010 08:04 AM

Fantastic turning. Love the live edge. I can imagine just how “hairy” that was to turn. Outstanding job.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 06-14-2010 02:59 PM

A piece to be proud of!

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#6 posted 06-14-2010 03:21 PM

This is very impressive.

This piece had to be quite severely out of balance. It takes some very special skill to deal with a challenge like this.

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

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#7 posted 06-14-2010 04:06 PM

Great piece, awesome burl. I have no experience with a lathe but can see the challenges you have with a project like this. Is this Maple?

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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