Burn, burn, ouch, burn

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Project by imallchalkedup posted 07-30-2010 03:45 AM 1782 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this Burr oak bowl I roughed out about two months ago really warped on me. I had put it in the microwave and heard something giving so I decided to stop and let it dry for a couple months and then turn it. It’s a rather small bowl, because I had to turn so much away to get it trued back up, I decided to put some burned in rings on it with a piece of wire I had to use for friction and therefore burn in the rings while turning, stupid me though decided to grip the wire after I set it down and add a little more burn affect, well I got it as you can see in the pic, ouch. Also after I parted this bowl from the lathe I found that my friction chuck must have been to small and was’nt gripping the wood as it should have and left a nice burn mark in the center of the bowl. :)

-- RStadler

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 04:08 AM

Yupper! I did the wire thing just last week so now I have a wood knob on each end of my wire. Isn’t learning so much fun, (as long as we have lots of bandages).

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 04:11 AM

lol, yeah. Why do I have to be a slow learner though. :)

-- RStadler

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 04:14 AM

Always remember – Friction + Speed = HOT :-))

Nice bowl though – hope you heal fast.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 04:25 AM

Nice bowl, Live and Learn, yes sir…. Live and Learn!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 07-30-2010 04:26 AM

It doesn’t take long to examine a hot horse shoe! I still like the bowl. I sometimes add a little blood to my projects.
I don’t really recommend that as a staining technique.


-- TulsaWoodSmith, Tulsa, OK The tools aren't the problem-It's the organic interface!

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 07-30-2010 05:18 AM

That bowl has some nice grain to it. Now you can get a purple wooden heart!!
What is the dark spot in the center of the bowl?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 07-30-2010 05:42 AM

Nice bowl. I’m going to have to look into the wire burning thing one of these days.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#8 posted 07-30-2010 05:46 AM

impressive bowls

the burns….......?

perhaps some day you will produce a bowl of equall beauty without getting burnt.

Good Luck

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 07-30-2010 12:45 PM

Too bad about the burn in the center that is awesome shaped bowl. I use a folded piece of non-slip shelf liner when I friction chuck my pieces it works great.

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#10 posted 07-30-2010 03:30 PM

Well, now you have a handsome bowl and “warrior” marks as a craftsman!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 07-30-2010 04:30 PM

I have some of that Loucarb. I’ll have to try it out, sounds like it would work great.

And to Jim, the burn in the center is unintentional, it came from the friction chuck coming loose and not holding a firm grip on the bowl while turning, so it caused friction there and burned the bottom. I was using a small piece of wood and a piece of sandpaper with the grit turned to the bowl as I have read to use, but obviously the chunk of wood I was using was a little to small and did’nt quite provide enough surface to grip the bowl sufficiently. :( . Oh, well. Live and learn.

-- RStadler

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#12 posted 07-31-2010 12:16 AM

Those burns happened to me many a time when I worked as a welder, I have burn scars all over my arms and hands from sparks flying and burning my shirts and accidental grabbing just welded pieces! What you have is a baby compared to a couple that I have, nevertheless they still hurt!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 07-31-2010 05:23 AM

Great bowl. Love the shape and the burn lines.(not the ones on the fingers)haha

I have also learned to have a LONG enough piece of wire. If too short, it will get hot while still in your hand! Ouch!

Keep up the great work. Maybe you could drill and plug the center burn? Use a contrasting wood and call it your design?


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

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#14 posted 08-01-2010 01:38 AM

Ouch, hopefully I’ll remember this post when I try to burn with a wire, probably not though. Nice bowl anyway.

-- Alan, Prince George

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