|Project by scrappy||posted 08-14-2010 11:08 PM||1300 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
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””:http://lumberjocks.com/scrappy/blog/17423 (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!