Natural Edged Type Bowls

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 03-28-2011 05:29 PM 1425 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 11 day ago I added a project of LVDTs that my sister in Neb wanted. At that same time she also commissioned me to make her and her daughter a couple of bowls. Well, here they are. The first is from a local area cherry tree and the other is from a local area maple tree. I tried to get some natural edge affect as much as possible. The problem with doing this type is that the pieces are really off balance and try to either throw themselves off the lathe or rip themselves apart while spinning. The inside of the cherry is sanded using by KA Tool Guinevere sanding system. The outside is sanded using my PC orbital (on this odd sized piece it actually works, not spinning of course). It is finished with walnut oil. To get the oil into all the cracks and crevices I thinned the oil 50/50 with mineral spirits and used a spray bottle to get it in there then just wiped the rest down. I did not buff and polish this one as I was afraid that it was too delicate to withstand the buffing wheel. The maple was finished in the standard way (sanding wise) but I did use the 3 way buffing and polish system after I applied several coats of walnut oil. I have been making so many LVDTs that is was kinda fun to get bsck to the lathe for a while. But, the bread and butter is in the LVDTs so back to that after I ship this box of goodies out.

Thank you for viewing and hope you enjoy them. Comments and or questions always welcomed.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 03-28-2011 05:46 PM

Really cool bowls Jim. I would love to take a class one day. They turned out great.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#2 posted 03-28-2011 06:03 PM

Chris, when my daughter gets back to DC this year I am sure I will be visiting so I’ll let you know and we can get together and I would be more then pleased to have a little show and tell. You show me some LVDT tricks and I’ll show you how I turn (not saying that the way I do it is correct, just saying it works for me).

Both of them flew off the lathe so I’m pleased that I was able to finish them. I’m just glad that I was fortunate enough to have some pretty wood to turn. The beauty is in the wood, not my turning. Thank you Chris for the kind comments.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 12:06 AM

Looks like dangerous, but beautiful work.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 05:47 AM

Very beautiful! I absolutely love bowls with voids in them – I think they are fascinating. I marvel at the talent it takes to do this…

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 10:19 PM

Bill, nice to hear from you. How’s the back doing? Well I hope. Yes, as you know, these can be dangerous. I think I only hit about 700 RPM on this one (cherry). It might have smoothed out a bit if I sped it up but I didn’t want to chance it flying apart. Used a bit of CA in the soft areas to hold it together. I most definately wore my impact resistant face shield but not my kevlar vest.

Cindy, thank you for the kind words.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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