Spalted Maple Bowl

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Project by lew posted 837 days ago 1160 views 1 time favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished the bowl, finally. Several coats of Minwax oil based semigloss poly. Bowl measures about 8” in diameter and about 2” high. Spalted wood looks nice but is a real pain to turn/sand/finish.

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

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#1 posted 837 days ago

looks good

-- Bob, Michigan

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#2 posted 837 days ago

Good looking bowl !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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#3 posted 837 days ago

Cool looking wood and a good turning.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 837 days ago

wow what a beauty, i love spalted wood, its a wonderful thing nature does to create even a more beautiful wood then it already is..and , we will take it, you did a fantastic job here lew…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#5 posted 837 days ago

Yep that Sp’d maple always looks good, nice job Lew

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

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Sam Shakouri

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#6 posted 837 days ago

I can see a very nice bowl. Can you give more details where the PAIN comes from ?. Are you sure it is splated not burl ? That is how it looks to me.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#7 posted 837 days ago

Lew: What a fantastic piece of wood. Beautiful piece.

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

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#8 posted 837 days ago

Beautiful bowl.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 837 days ago

you taken great looking wood and made a beautiful bowl

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 837 days ago

Looks Great!
I just started wood turning at school and I love it, now I’m going to buy a lathe so I can turn at home.


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#11 posted 837 days ago

Sawdustmaker, Cousinwill, a1Jim- Thanks!

Grizz and Pete- It sure is beautiful wood. No two pieces would ever be the same!

Sam- You may be right! I was going by what the guy said who gave it to me. The “pain” part was that the wood has several densities- all at random places. Some of the spots are rock hard. Others are so soft you can practically push your finger through them. And still others somewhere in between. I tried to keep the turning tools sharp but large chunks got pulled out. When sanding, the soft places wore away unevenly compared to the denser places. The soft spots sucked up finish like a sponge. I tried to use CA glue on some of the softer areas, to toughen them up, and that helped some. The foot, on the bowl, is a really embarrassing. It chipped out when I tried to finish it. Ended up using course sand paper instead of the lathe tools.

Karson, CJ and Woodbridge- Thanks!

Kyle- Thanks! Welcome to the addictive world of turning. There is no going back now!!


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

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#12 posted 837 days ago

Always seems like the beautiful wood requires a little extra effort. Looks like it was worth it!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 837 days ago

Steve- Thanks!

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

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#14 posted 837 days ago

Another great turning Lew…

thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Jim Bertelson

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#15 posted 836 days ago

Looks loverly. The part that we see is gorgeous.

If I ever get a lathe, I will avoid spalted wood. The only spalted wood I have worked with was some birch that I used for the base of my fancy sanding block, Norton. I didn’t detect any soft spots, but then again I didn’t turn it. The label on it (Sherie bought it for me years ago) said “stabilized”. Not sure what that means, but assume it is impregnated with some resin.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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