Practice bowl from found wood

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Project by Cliff De Witt posted 01-26-2011 05:19 PM 1323 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found an 8/4×4.5×72 Popular board in a dumpster and squared it up to make some practice pieces. This is one of the ones where I got the speed fast enough that I was able to minimize the tear out in the end grain.

Out of the 16 practice pieces so far I have gotten 2 bowls that are acceptable, and about 3 that are okay. The good news is that the two acceptable ones followed the three okay ones. I just used Beeswax on this.

I keep bees and have kept my caps from the harvest. I must have about 8 bread pans full of beeswax so I am looking for a good finish that I can make up with them for the lathe.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 09:53 PM

Nice bowl from reclaimed lumber. I am always surprised at the number of other beeks on here . I also have some capping wax that I should try on my next bowl.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 12:21 AM

As they say, practice makes perfect,or, in the case of turning simply , turn, turn & turn
Sharp tools, correct angles, rub the bevel & correct speed all help a lot.
You can make your your brew of wax with some melted beeswax & equal parts of Vegetable turps (not mineral turps) keep it in a well seal jar.
My experence with poplar (down our way) is that it is quite stringy and not that user friendly on a lathe, so maybe dont beat yourself up too much

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 12:54 AM

Peteg I have been told that a number of times. So I feel if I can get my turning good enough to do well with Poplar I should be able to turn just about anything.

The best thing is that ever week I dive in this companies dumpster I find 5 or 6 boards like this. I need to think of something else besides bowls to make because they wind up so small.

All the wood is scrap that he can not use in his business but where the edges are rough I just make that the bottom and I have a good piece of wood. As long as the wood is free I can not go wrong. I primarily have a choice of either Oak or Popular, I think I found a 10/4 maple board though last week I got three turning blanks from it tried one and it is BEAUTIFUL turns like a dream, I have to decide what shape to make so I don’t waste it. I guess I am going green, worrying about wasting free wood from a dumpster.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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