Strata Blank Bowl from Penn State Industries

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Project by Barrett posted 03-13-2011 08:40 PM 2246 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The Strata Bowl Blanks from Penn State Industries are interesting but far from impressive. This small bowl was turned from a medium sized Strata Blank. These blanks are made by glueing a number of different scraps of hardwood to form a stacked block. Some of the scraps were too small to fill the designated slots, causing either gaps or hard chunks of glue.

The high glue content in these blanks will dull the edge of the toughest tools faster than concrete. Keep a grinder handy and hone the edge at regular intervals.

Once the bowl takes a final shape, use the shavings and CA glue to fill the gaps before sanding and finishing. At the end of the project is an interesting bowl.

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#1 posted 03-13-2011 11:04 PM

That’s a cool bowl. Nice job.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#2 posted 03-14-2011 11:11 PM

The finished project looks good!

Could uneven shrinkage of the different species have caused the gaps?

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 06:08 AM

I guess it could have been a little shrinkage. I always thought that these pieces were hand made from big scrap boxes of dried leftovers.

That’s one the joys I found with wood turning. You can make something beautiful out of a big unique block of wood or by using small cutoffs to make segmented turnings, bottle stoppers, toothpick holders, refrigerator magnets, corn cob holders, eggs, and ornaments.

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