Fishing Expedition

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Project by Transition posted 07-02-2011 12:24 AM 1179 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to make a bowl that would hold Swedish fish for a wedding shower that she was attending (don’t ask…). So I made a fish-shaped bowl. It didn’t make the cut, and she went with bowl #2. The third, bark-edged bowl was from the same log.

Bowls are all in the 5”-6” diameter x 4” height. Bowl 3 finished with lots of lacquer (experimenting…).

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#1 posted 07-02-2011 01:38 PM

very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 04:17 PM

I was drawn to your site by the sunflower birdhouse, which I liked very much, but stayed to look at your turnings. I’m a newbie to lathe work and struggling at the moment with hollow vessels. I have found kiln dried red and white oak too hard to work – the fibers look torn out instead of burnished which is what I am aiming at. Are you using air dried or green wood?


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#3 posted 09-05-2011 05:42 AM

All of the wood I use is reclaimed (tree fell or was cut down out of necessity). Most of what I turn is green wood. Although I have rough turned green wood, let the wood dry, and then re-chucked for finishing. No matter what you do, turning is challenging. Are you using sharp tools? If so you might want to experiment with the angle of cut. Are the fibers torn at random places, or two opposing places on the bowl? I always get tearout on two opposing sides. I have found that sealing the wood with sanding sealer or CA glue can help tame this tearout. How is the grain aligned? I’ve found that with red oak and chestnut (I’m sure there are others), if I turn a bowl such that the end grain was in the middle of the bowl, the places where the wood layers were exposed on the outside of the bowl are a nightmare to tame. You might want to create a blog entry, and post some pics. I’d be happy to share what I’ve learned. But even If I have a suggestion, I bet there’s others in the LJ community who would have suggestions. Then you can experiment and find a method that works for you.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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