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Project by bubbared posted 09-28-2011 05:30 PM 3210 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this was an Idea that I seen on a video from a wood turning site and I had to give it a try I guess it would be a segmented bowl but of the easy kind well anyways as you can see it was coming together quite nicely but I wanted to bring the interior walls down to expose more of the green poplar and in a split second my gouge sunk in and there were pieces flying throughout my shop. this was a test bowl which is why I used poplar instead of a more expensive wood I wanted to see how the placement between the lighter and darker woods would effect the turnout which I will be playing with the placement in the future to get a better contrast between the two.

wood: poplar
Finish: blackend to a crisp in the fire

Thanks for looking I know its not a finished project but in away it is

-- Joe, Florida

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#1 posted 09-28-2011 05:39 PM

woah that must have been scary

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 09-28-2011 05:43 PM

That was a pretty bowl.

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#3 posted 09-28-2011 05:48 PM

I love gluing up contrasting woods for bowl turning. It’s a great way to use up scraps, and it is always a bit of a surprise to see exactly what you end up with.

This was a really nice pattern…. I’m definitely going to try a similar one.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 09-28-2011 05:48 PM

Sorry about the end result, but I would love to have seen you complete the vessel. Terrific use of Poplar ! Poplar is a much maligned wood and deserves a prominent place among our lumber hierarchy ! If you haven’t opened a poplar log to find black /blue, reds, greens, and yellow streaks together, I hope you are rewarded like that someday. Good luck and keep turning !
P.S. Is it possible the design exposes more end grain than what would be encountered with a standard blank ? I found similar glued up blanks to present the same problems for me as spalted vessels with varying degrees of hardness and softness due to the nature of the beast. I discovered that for me, switching to a round, curved scraper for interior turning helped avoid “catching” and “ridging” problems. It allowed a larger sharpened surface to come into contact with the interior thus allowing (requiring?) a “softer hand” I wasn’t great at finesse so the scraper was a necessary change for me. I know only what worked for me through trial and error. And that may not work for another. There are as many varied techniques and methods out there as there are numbers of turners. I offer the info only as an old fart who has learned what needed to be learned for my methods and try not to sound too pushy. I love to hear new ideas or approaches that have worked for others, so I share mine in that same spirit. I hope you keep creating as long as you want to !
your North Florida friend, Don Schneider Oh, and How About Those RAYS !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#5 posted 09-28-2011 06:27 PM

I hate it when that happens! The pattern was great. The next one will be better yet!

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

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#6 posted 09-28-2011 06:30 PM

The bowl looked stellar! Sorry for your loss :\

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#7 posted 09-28-2011 08:07 PM

Great turning Joe and maybe a not so good glue joint. Bad luck, but I hope you don’t give up on the concept. It looked good just before the explosion!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 09-28-2011 08:20 PM

Been there… It tests your patience, but if you didn’t have a lot of patience you wouldn’t be a woodworker in the first place!

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#9 posted 09-28-2011 08:32 PM

Hate that!!. Just at the finish line too. It was looking great. Better luck next time.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#10 posted 09-28-2011 08:44 PM

I agree with Porchfish. Looks like almost all the breaking happened to the mitered corners, where you basically glued two pieces of end grain together. I have enough trouble keeping baseboard corners tight, that’s always where they shrink, pull and separate. Have you though about splining the corners (Too add even more visual variation to the piece) or even doing rabbeted or even locking mitered corners? Something to give you a little more strength in that area.

It was a beautiful bowl, though, and I know you will learn from the experience, and the next will be even better!

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#11 posted 09-28-2011 11:19 PM

Man that was a pretty bowl. Its almost like you lost a loved one with all of the condolences lol. ( Hope that doesn’t sound bad? )

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#12 posted 09-29-2011 12:36 AM

Nobody mentioned this so I will, did you check the broken pieces where they separated to see if there was sufficient glue applied? I always use extra glue whenever I glue end grain cause the pores will absorb a certain amount and leave the joint depleted. By the way that was a lovely bowl and I hope you attempt another. I think also by using only 4 segments you expose a lot of end grain that would contribute to catches. I think if you had gone with at least 8 segments this might not have happened. I have had several bowls “blow up” on me and so far I have been lucky that the pieces have not struck me yet! Knock on wood!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#13 posted 09-29-2011 01:47 AM

Sorry for your misfortune Been there done that Would you care to do a tutorial on that finishing technique ?

-- Ray,Iowa

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#14 posted 09-29-2011 02:30 AM

Hey guys thank you for the comments and most of all the suggestions now I have the ammo to attack the next bowl and keep it together and to my friend in north FL the scraper is next on my purchase list for the lathe being a newbie I watch a lot of videos on line and almost all have used the scraper to complete the last bit of the projects and for the glue up I smothered and covered the end grain with glue but with the suggestions from AUbrian I think that will be a win win with either spines or biscuits at the end grains once again thank you for the comments and suggestions.

Keep making shavings

-- Joe, Florida

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#15 posted 09-29-2011 03:31 AM

Sorry for the loss, it was a great bowl :( As a new turner I’ve caught an edge on almost every project, it’s kinda nice to know it happens to experienced turners some times too.

-- Wilson

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