|Project by rmoore||posted 04-11-2011 02:31 AM||1305 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
I wish I could say I turned this bowl by myself but I had help. I met a man ( Les ) who hosts a local wood turners club at his shop. I have been interested in turning for a while and started asking around to see if there was a club. He allowed me in to his shop and even his house and showed me some things he had built. Les offered to give me some lessons so I went back later with this piece of maple from a tree on my land. He did most of the shaping of the bowl.
The wood was green when we started, so I kept it in a paper bag until it dried. As it dried it took on an oval shape. The bowl was so far out of round that it couldn’t be turned any further. I used a random orbital sander to smooth the outside and a flexible contour sander mounted in the drill press to do the inside. I sanded down to 600 grit then sealed with sanding sealer. I sanded the sealer then used steel wool followed by rubbing with a paper bag. That was the first time I used a paper bag and was surprised at how well it made it shine. I sealed it again and sanded and rubbed some more.
I know it’s thicker than most bowls and not as smooth but my wife likes it and I can’t wait to try another on my own.
-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn