Walnut bowl

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Project by cajunpen posted 11-09-2011 01:21 AM 1798 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a little Walnut bowl from my Ringmaster. It is 6 1/2” wide and 3” high. I really like making bowls with the Ringmaster, but I really dislike the end grain that is in each bowl. I don’t know if the “pits” could be sanded out or not. I sanded the bowl down to 1200 and I also buffed it out on the Beal buffing system. Other than the end grain the bowl really looks nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#1 posted 11-09-2011 01:41 AM

Nice bowl Bill. I never use a lathe but the results you get sure look very nice.

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#2 posted 11-09-2011 01:42 AM

I like it! It looks great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

#3 posted 11-09-2011 01:53 AM

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#4 posted 11-09-2011 02:06 AM

You don’t like the end grain? Are you mad!? I’ve seen segmented bowls where the entire facing side is end grain, and they look amazing.

P.S. Nice bowl and beautiful finish.

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#5 posted 11-09-2011 02:20 AM

Really nice effect, Bill.

I feel your pain about getting a smooth finish, though. Sometimes it seems like you can sand and sand, and still not get to where you want to be.

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

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#6 posted 11-09-2011 02:35 AM

never heard of or seen a ringmaster down our way?, lovely rich timber Bill, I used to go to 1200 paper but gave it away & started oil sanding with medical parafin 240 thru to 600 max’,(sand normal up to 180) you will find no more dust & better still the slurry will fill most of yout pit holes, make sure you wipe with a paper towel between grits as you dont want any residue form the previous coarser paper.
You will find its a waste of time going above 600 with oil sanding, you may have to let it dry out for up to a week then you can apply what ever you want for a finish. :))

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

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#7 posted 11-09-2011 02:54 AM

Nice bowl from a board.

What is the biggest bowl you can make with a ringmaster?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 11-09-2011 03:19 AM

Great looking bowl and nice finish.

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#9 posted 11-09-2011 03:23 AM

Thanks to everyone, I appreciate your comments – even though on LJ you could post a pile of sawdust and the gang would say only nice things about it, that is why this site is the best one available :-))

SASmith the largest diameter bowl is about 12” and this would be made from a single piece of wood measuring 12”x12”. The end result would be a bowl just under 12”. If you would like to see a little more about the Ringmaster you can visit their site by clicking this link.

It is really a fun tool to use – even safe for the younger woodworkers. You can knock out a bowl in about an hour.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 11-09-2011 06:10 AM

Nice bowl, nice grain setting just like a zigzag

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#11 posted 11-09-2011 12:07 PM

Beautiful bowl. The end grain looks good from the picture. I have always liked the grain in walnut.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#12 posted 11-09-2011 05:00 PM

Nice looking bowl, SASmith makes some great ones using a scroll saw method, I use a compound slide
rest on a Delta wood lathe, and have found that a real sharp parting tool eliminates a lot of roughness
that causes some of those pits. A couple operating under makes some real beautiful
ones using a rig the husband made from some file drawer slides and a lot of common sense. There does
not seem to any end to the different methods that can be used to work with wood, make projects and
satisfy our creative urges. Thank you for sharing your method.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#13 posted 11-09-2011 05:55 PM

Nice bowl. Like the shape of this one.

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