Had a "Rough Day"

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Project by FordMike posted 06-28-2010 07:22 AM 2267 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello to All, This is kind of a completed project, I completed roughing out 10 bowls and 1 Very Large Vase. The Steel ruler in the photo is a 24” machinist rule.This is how I spent my Sunday, and just shows what you can get done even with a few distractions, daughter and boyfriend, wife , mom, Nascar Race, and breakfast, lunch and dinner, and a afternoon nap. The bowls are all from the same tree, a Black Walnut, about 14” in diameter and 6’ long (Creaiglist freebie) The Vase is a crotch piece from a Black Walnut about 20” in diameter. I will post pics when they are dry and returned. Every week there seems to be a discussion about the newest way to dry, my theory is just keep turning and stack the rough bowls on drying racks, weigh them and write the resulting weight on the bottom in pencil and when the piece has quite drying, return and finish. Any way hope this finds you’all well. FordMike

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#1 posted 06-28-2010 08:20 AM

good looking bunch! It must not have taken you long at all, with all those distractions you would have been more inside the house than out in the workshop!! :-)

So you turn green wood? Isn’t there any cracking or splitting when the drying process goes on??
Just curious as I am thinking of carving, and have heard that it is easier to do green wood. But I was concerned about splitting etc

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 06-28-2010 03:29 PM

Great looking bows and a good score. Sometimes a little free wood will spike the motivation.

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

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#3 posted 06-28-2010 03:57 PM

Man those are nice bowls! And all those distractions and Jimmie won the race sweet! Unless your not a fan of him LOL nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-28-2010 04:39 PM

That is the great thing about Dad’s shop, I can always grab a dry one off the shelf and have a finished project before I have to leave.

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#5 posted 06-28-2010 06:52 PM

Mike, you gotta get that nap in at all cost! Great job on the bowls and vase!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#6 posted 06-29-2010 04:33 AM

You should have cut the logs down to remove the pith (the black X crack in the end grain). If you don’t, it’s pretty likely to spread and ruin those blanks.

Also, you rub a lemon on your hands to get rid of all of the black stains.

-- Steven

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#7 posted 06-29-2010 05:25 AM

Sometimes I don’t even care about finishing projects and just want to hog out some wood! I think a solid day of roughing is a great thing, though I have to admit, I’ve never done as much in a day as you have here! Nice work,

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#8 posted 06-29-2010 05:50 AM

Excellent bowling

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 06-29-2010 05:59 AM

Go Jimmie. Nascar, Woodworking, napping. Doesn’t sound too rough, but you did mention Wife, Mom, and Daughter. Great looking bowls and Vase, and great tip on drying. Thanks for sharing.

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#10 posted 06-29-2010 06:22 AM

Thanks for the support, Steven you are the man, only someones who’s dealt with this amount of wet black walnut, knows how black your left hand gets from the sap on cast iron, Lemon juice is the answer, thanks for the tip. The black x’s are indeed suseptible to cracking out, and normallay I cut a slab from the heart to remove this from the tree. This tree was cut and ends sealed 5 years ago, and stacked on the bottom of a large pile if reclaimed timbers. I’m hoping the wood is more stable than fresh green lumber would be and not split up too bad ,I let you know how that works out. Yes I’m a fan of Jimiie and congrats to him for another win.(Nascar) I got my nap in unfortuantely it was while watching Tivo’d Nascar.

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#11 posted 06-29-2010 01:53 PM

Lemon juice is also very useful for detecting all of the little cuts you’ve gotten during the day, but didn’t know about :-)

After a weekend of turning green cherry, it was fresh on my mind. The pith may already be cracked through to the inside of your finished bowl. If that’s the case, it may come out while finish turning, dpeneding on final thickness. It’s a bear to fix the rim once that happens, and CA glue is not the answer (nor is turquoise inlay…)

-- Steven

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