Quickie Bowl

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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 11-27-2011 10:38 PM 1699 views 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t spent much time in the shop lately. I bought a new guitar a few weeks ago, and I’ve been indulging that particular hobby more as of late. Yesterday, though, I had the urge to make some sawdust, so I went into the shop and grabbed a bowl blank from the pile. It looked like ambrosia maple, but I wasn’t sure until I started turning it.

The great thing about turning small bowls is that you can go from start to finish in an hour or so. It satisfies my need for immediate gratification. :-) This one is simply buffed on my three-wheel system. No other finish was used on the outside. I wiped a coat of poly on the inside.

It took longer to photograph than it took to make.

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

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#1 posted 11-27-2011 10:42 PM

you make it sound so easy, the lip on that bowl looks very attractive, is this thickness maintained throughout the shape of the bowl?

nice smily face there

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 11-27-2011 10:48 PM

Hi Charlie;

I’m always up for a quickie too!



-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 11-27-2011 10:55 PM

Kool!! Why didn’t you make the guitar? :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 11-27-2011 10:58 PM

C’mon Sharon…. you really want to make me confess my optical illusions? It’s easy to make a sharp lip, which tends to give the illusion of thin walls. But I’d be way too chicken to try to get too thin-walled with somewhat punky wood like this.

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

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#5 posted 11-27-2011 11:22 PM

Very pretty little bowl Charlie….... love the abrosia maple…... you are a man of many talents for sure !!

I REALLY need to get that buffing system…. maybe santa will be good to me !!!! LOL

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#6 posted 11-27-2011 11:26 PM

Very nice! I need some quick projects too. And I need to learn about this wipe on poly. Not sure what that is.

-- Janice

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#7 posted 11-27-2011 11:31 PM

Nice bowl, good job.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 11-27-2011 11:34 PM

Janice, wipe-on poly is just thinned polyurethane that you wipe on with a rag. You can buy it ready made, or make your own by mixing regular polyurethane 50/50 with mineral spirits. It’s a pretty foolproof finish, because it goes on thin and there are no drips or brush marks. It requires more coats, but coats go on fast and dry quickly.

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

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#9 posted 11-27-2011 11:41 PM

Nice one Charlie, just have to smell that sawdust now & then :))

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

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#10 posted 11-27-2011 11:48 PM

YOU ARE THE TURN U LATER LOL Looks cool charlie. Well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 11-28-2011 01:09 AM

immediate gratification with a quickie. That’s my kind of project. Your bowl looks pretty good to!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#12 posted 11-28-2011 01:23 AM

I was also wondering about the wall thickness. Nice deception , my friend : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 11-28-2011 01:26 AM

Woodworking is in your blood and we need to satisfy the craving. Now you have a bowl to keep your guitar pick’s.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#14 posted 11-28-2011 03:35 AM

Very nice Chuck. Really nice piece of wood.

My projects have been too complicated recently. I need a break. Thanks for the inspiration.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 11-28-2011 03:50 AM

Nice selection of wood and nice job of shaping.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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