Live Edge Ash Bowl

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Project by scrappy posted 08-14-2010 11:08 PM 1678 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first real live edge bowl. Got the wood from craigslist. It was a tree that had been struck by lightning about 2 1/2 years ago. Left standing until 6 months ago. I got it the day they cut it down and it was already cracked throughout. Also lots of black streaks running through it. Knew I was going to have to deal with the cracks, but they give character to the project.

On to the turning.

Cut my blank out of a crotch section. (see last pic) This was at the limit of my Craftsman band saw. Had to chisel off a couple of high spots in order to make it fit. haha

Put blank between centers and trued it up. Flattened a spot on top for the chuck to mount against and drilled for the screw mount.

With it mounted on the screw mount, I cut the basic outside shape and cut a groove for the chuck in the bottom. Remounted in the chuck for the final outside shaping and turning the inside.

Sanded to 400 grit and first coat of Tung Oil/Varnish while still on the lathe. Had to fill a couple of cracks with super glue gel and sawdust. They were LARGE cracks.

I used my ””Live Edge Jig””: (see the blog) to hold the piece while I turned and finished the bottom.

Wood: ASH Size: 8 1/2 inch X 5 1/2 inch. Wall 1/4 inch thick. Finish: 4 coats of “Old Masters Tung/Oil Varnish” Sanded to 400 grit, with 0000 between coats.

Please leave ALL comments and critiques. I am always trying to improve so your comments help.

Thank You for looking


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

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#1 posted 08-14-2010 11:31 PM

hi that bowel looks great there is a lot going on with it i love the natural edge all the cracks and Stan’s really give it real character mother nature has a great way of making beautiful design in wood and with talent like yours we all can get to see it thanks for sharing


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#2 posted 08-15-2010 02:31 AM

Looks like some bugs got to it as well. Gives it more character along with the crack. Very nice. Wonder if the lightening had anything to do with the black streaks? Thanks for the great photos.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 02:51 AM

Beautiful bowl Scrappy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 03:34 AM

Beautiful wood Scrappy and the turning is outstanding. I like all the inclusions and cracks. Grate Job!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 03:38 AM

Very nice work. I like it.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 08:16 AM

Thanks for the great comments everyone. This was a challenge with that edge spinning around. Wasn’t to sure it was going to hold together until I got the cracks filled. Glad it did.

Thanks again.


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

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 01:45 PM

Well done Scrappy that has some pretty grain.

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 04:24 PM

very nice scrappy, i love the roughness of this piece, and the natural edge ones are fun to turn. keep up the great work.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#9 posted 08-15-2010 05:57 PM

Nice bowl Scrappy, I like the form and finish. Never heard of a live edge jig, I’ll have to check that out. mike

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

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#10 posted 08-17-2010 05:06 AM

Very nice, Dan. It is a real interesting piece with that beautiful grain pattern. I have yet to try one but this will get me interested again. Thanks for sharing!

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

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#11 posted 08-18-2010 07:51 PM

this looks great thanks for sharing

-- self proclaimed copycat

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