White Oak Burl Bowl

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Project by sedcokid posted 08-26-2011 01:30 AM 2398 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wood is from a friend that had a large White Oak tree that came down on their property. It is a large bowl measuring 12 1/2” x 7 1/2” and is the largest bowl I have turned. While turning this piece there was a very large piece of bark right in the center of it and I was able to barely clean it up before breaking through. I gave this project to the couple that gave me the wood. My thought is that they may be able to use it for a fruit bowl or dust collector which ever…. I finished it with a couple coats of tung oil and 4 coats of Polyurethane.

All comments are welcomed…...... Have a Blessed Day!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 01:56 AM

that is georgeous. very nicely done

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

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 02:05 AM

Wow! Very nice.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 02:33 AM

Great looking bowl. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 08-26-2011 02:52 AM

Great looking grain patterns in this bowl.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 08-26-2011 03:07 AM

Great job! Nice patterned wood!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#6 posted 08-26-2011 03:19 AM

Bet they can’t believe that this used to be a piece of their old tree, nice job indeed Chuck, I like the additional rim boost at the top plus the lovely mix of grain to set it of, :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 08-26-2011 03:27 AM

Hey Chuck. That is a very nice bowl. I love the grain pattern. How big can you go on your lathe?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#8 posted 08-26-2011 03:47 AM

Very nice job!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#9 posted 08-26-2011 04:31 AM

Lovely bowl, you did well!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#10 posted 08-26-2011 05:15 AM

Chuck, did you use a pure tung oil or a tung oil mix?
I just started using tung oil on my turnings, and found that they have a deep color, but low luster.
I am not sure, or have not tried going over them with a poly.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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#11 posted 08-26-2011 06:27 AM

She’s a beauty, Chuck. Nice work.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#12 posted 08-26-2011 07:34 AM

A great bowl Chuck, you brought the grain out beautfuly with the finish. I bet they people appreciated.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#13 posted 08-26-2011 02:10 PM

I appreciate all your comments you sure know how to make a fellow feel good….......

Jim, I have a 16” swing on my lathe it is a Jet 1642.
WoodSparky, I don’t know if the Tung oil is pure or not it is Formbys. I was’t happy with the look so put Poly over top.
Bob, how is the knee coming?

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 08-26-2011 10:17 PM

What a beauty, Chuck!

I really like the rim and the way you finished off the inside of the foot.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 08-27-2011 02:31 AM

That is some beautiful bowl there. All the sweet turnings I have been seeing on the site have got me thinkin bout a large investment…. :)

-- I am an anal-retentive procrastinator. Is it a wonder my projects never get done?

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