Pecan Potpourri Bowl

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Project by WoodenSpoonz posted 09-06-2011 12:21 PM 1084 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is from a piece of pecan that sat on my back porch for a year and a half.
I had been wanting to turn the entire log, but it ended up splitting pretty badly, so I cut it in half. This is the result of one half.

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#1 posted 09-06-2011 06:18 PM

I like It nice little bowl

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 08:43 AM

Very nice. How was the pecan to turn? I have never turned it before

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 02:02 PM

Pecan is challenging to turn. The first time I tried it, I had only turned red cedar and mesquite, and I was caught completely off guard. This piece went a lot smoother since I had an idea what to expect.
What works best for me (and if anyone has any input that might come in handy, feel free to chime in) is to make a rough outside shape and then hollow out the inside. I like to get the inside completely finished and then thin the walls from the outside. You’ve got to have a very light touch and a lot of patience.
It’s a very chattery wood and you will end up with a lot of tool marks. The easiest way to get rid of them is to turn the lathe off and sand the chattery spots with a rough sandpaper. I started with 60 grit and sanded this bowl to 220. Then I polished it with 220 with the lathe spinning, friction polish, fine steel wool, friction polish, done.
I have to admit that there are a few tool marks I missed, but I was still pretty happy with it. I also left the walls a little thicker than usual because there were a few features in the wood that I didn’t want to take the chance of losing.
This is my second attempt at turning pecan and I have three pieces left on my back porch.

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