A Dirty Stick

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Project by Kindlingmaker posted 08-24-2010 10:07 PM 1801 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

An example of a project using recycled wood.
Picture 2: A dirty stick that a friend dug out of a trash can and stored in his wood pile for a few years until he gave it to me last week. Yes it has baked on dirt and even spider webs. I think its oak.
Picture 3: sawed into 9 pieces and glued together after trimming and sanding.
Picture 4: The glue stacking of the wood.
Picture 5: Trimming the glued block to round, sort of.
picture 6: Turned on the lathe, then sanded and finished.
Picture 1: The results.
Though power equipment was used to make this bowl, hand tools would also work…

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

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#1 posted 08-24-2010 10:12 PM

Its funny how we see what we want to see. From the first picture, I thought it was a ring. :P Nice looking BOWL you got out of that stick.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 08-24-2010 10:31 PM

hi very cool bowl out of a stick


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#3 posted 08-24-2010 10:57 PM

Very cool. What are the finished dimensions?

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#4 posted 08-24-2010 11:12 PM

The bowl measures about 3 1/4”w x 2 1/2”h. I gave the bowl to the friend that gave me the stick with a few dozen photos of the process of making something out of what might be burnt as kindling. There is enjoyment in helping the catapillar turn into the butterfly…

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

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#5 posted 08-25-2010 12:31 AM

Nice job. Love the reuse of the wood.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#6 posted 08-25-2010 12:58 AM

It looks like white oak. Nice.

-- Leroy

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#7 posted 08-25-2010 04:33 AM

The bowl looks fantastic.Thanks for showing the sequence of the process.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#8 posted 08-25-2010 04:37 AM

That’s an insanely nice bowl! The grain orientation makes it look like one piece of wood. Sweet!

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#9 posted 08-25-2010 05:26 PM

Nice Job, Great Wood! I love Oak and the detail! Thanks for sharing..

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 08-25-2010 08:05 PM

Wow! A dirty sick into a beautiful bowl.
Now thats the way to do it! Use the scrap.
I wish I had your talent.
Thanks for sharing and keep them coming.

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

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#11 posted 08-26-2010 02:38 AM

Cool, I like it.

-- RStadler

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#12 posted 08-27-2010 02:53 PM

I too thought it was a ring (not noticing the scale of the deck). Great save, great bowl – those glue ups would have been insane if it was a ring.

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

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#13 posted 08-28-2010 03:15 AM

I like it seems that you are developing new skills every day. Good work!

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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