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Project by hairy posted 08-12-2010 08:15 PM 1537 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was supposed to be something else. Once I got into this, I found a big crack that was not visible before cutting this blank out of the block. This is the product of the blank in my review :

Once I got it roughed out, I realized that crack was worse than I thought. Back to the bandsaw. My 17” blank became a 12 & 1/2” bowl. I’m hating to think about throwing away that cutoff, but I can’t figure out what it’s good for. Any ideas? The block was kiln dried.

Once I got it to this size, the crack was now a scratch that wouldn’t go away. I pencilled all kinds of designs over it trying to come up with a plan to hide it. I finally drew a pencil line on the crack, and repeated that line around the bowl. It turned out to be about another 1/8 ” to 3/16” deep. The groove took care of it, it’s not inside the bowl.

I made this doughnut chuck to clean up the bottom. There is one thing I did differently on this piece. It was always in a chuck or faceplate until applying finish on the bottom. It started on a faceplate, I turned a tenon on the bottom when I turned the outside. I used the live center adapter to attach a chuck on the tenon, then reversed it. The doughnut was the last step.

I’ve got this thing about having to use all of the wood possible. It’s a sickness. I hate turning nice wood into dust and chips. I need help.

I only sanded it to 320, because it will get used. It might become a place to put the mail,maybe dinner rolls, we shall see .

12 and 1/2” x 5 ” Mohawk finish

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 08:48 PM

Very nice bowl. I share your sickness for wanting to do something with the scrap piece. It is a common affliction around here, I think.

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 10:17 PM

Hairy, that’s a very nice bowl. You have a lot of skill. I’m hoping to learn more about lathes. All i’ve ever turned is a few spindles, legs, and handles. Very good work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 04:05 AM

Nice work Hairy, don’t you just love the way cherry smells when you turn it? I like your chisel holder on the bench.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 08:43 AM

Great bowl. Sorry about the loss of wood. You might try to cut it into an even # of sections then re-glue into a segmented piece. Might be able to save the material that way.

Keep it up.


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

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 03:43 PM

Scrappy, I was hoping you would help. I knew that you could do something with it. Thanks for all the comments!

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 03:54 PM

Great looking bowl hairy, crack and all. Love the finish.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 08-13-2010 07:20 PM

Very nice bowl! Let us know if you end up making anything with the other piece.
I like scrappy’s idea! or send it to me and I’ll turn it into one of my rings :-)
Great Job! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 09-01-2010 10:14 PM

Nice Bowl there Hairy -

I like how you worked with the crack in the bowl, I’ll have to try that. Did you carve the lines into it?

-- Happily turning on my Robust S16LB "There is no failure except in no longer trying. "

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#9 posted 09-01-2010 11:17 PM

The indexing on the lathe ensures even spacing around the bowl.

It’s not really carving, it’s shaping. I used a hacksaw blade to define it, then a file , then sandpaper.

-- My reality check bounced...

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