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Non Spalted Cherry Bowl

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Project by spigot posted 1223 days ago 1001 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first piece I have done over 6”
Dimensions are 9”x3” and about 3/16” thick. Piece was sanded to 220 on the lathe, and then finished with a paste of beeswax and mineral oil. I haven’t finished the bottom yet (no chuck for lathe).
Any comments/Suggestions would be much appreciated.

3/19/11 finished bottom with palm sander.

Spigot

-- God Makes the Grain I Just Dig it out.





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Dusty56

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#1 posted 1223 days ago

Very common Cherry pitch pockets and mineral streaks in these photos , but no spalting seen.
Hopefully someone didn’t charge you extra for the “spalting”.
You’re off to a good start and I’d like to see this again when you finish the turning : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Darell

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#2 posted 1223 days ago

Nice bowl.

Assuming you’ve got a face plate, just mount a block on the face plate a bit deeper than the bowl and turn a jam chuck to fit inside the bowl. Line the bowl with paper towel or cloth to prevent damage inside the bowl, slip it over the jam chuck, line up the center of your bowl bottom with the live center and put just enough pressure on to hold it in place and spin true. You can finish the bottom from there.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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travisowenfurniture

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#3 posted 1223 days ago

Dusty is right, those are mineral streaks, common in cherry. Spalting is commonly found on lighter woods like myrtle, maple, beech, mahogany, etc. See the Wiki article about it. It’s fascinating.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spalting

Anyway, the bowl looks great! Maybe you can take a plane or belt sander to the bottom to flatten it if you aren’t going to get a chuck soon. Nice finish too. Cherry takes the natural finishes very well and will gain a nice polish over time with use. I’ve heard of people finishing kitchen ware with cooking oil, and this in effect will receive the same treatment, making it effectively maintenance free.

Thanks for posting!

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Dusty56

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#4 posted 1223 days ago

You did it right with the Mineral Oil because cooking oils become rancid over time : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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spigot

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#5 posted 1223 days ago

I stand corrected on the spalting.
Thanks all for the suggestions and comments, I finished the bottom using a palm sander.
I will be posting a picture of it shortly.

P.S. I’ve had that piece of wood in my yard for 6-7 years, and just caught it before the whole thing went to rot.
So no I wasn’t charged extra lol.

-- God Makes the Grain I Just Dig it out.

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Dusty56

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#6 posted 1223 days ago

Good enough : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Eagle1

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#7 posted 1222 days ago

Nice looking bowl..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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devann

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#8 posted 1222 days ago

Real nice bowl. All other questions were answered above.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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