Myrtle Bowl and Pine Bowl

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Project by Reaper621 posted 01-12-2012 01:28 AM 1435 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been doing cabinetry since I was 14. That’s 12, almost 13 years. It paid my way through college, as well as law school. However, I only have experience with turning a single project – a lamp when I was 15. Effectively, I am a novice when it comes to a lathe, and I am learning a whole lot. Here’s a glance at my adventures in turning.

The first 4 pictures are a bowl I just turned today out of myrtle. I fell in love with this blank the moment I saw it, and I think it turned out great. Let’s hope my MIL agrees. This is the 4th bowl I’ve made ever.

The last 2 pictures are a bowl I turned for my sister, just to show that I have a new talent. She came in to visit, and I said “watch, I’ll turn a bowl out of a floor joist.” And that’s exactly what I did – dad had a leftover piece of pine 2×8, and I turned it for my sister. My nephew (3) immediately snatched it from her hands and began playing with it! :D He’s a cute little devil. This is my third bowl ever.

Both bowls were finished with walnut oil – several coats. I have to say, for something we use as floor supports and rafters, pine is unbelievably beautiful wood to turn, and soft on the tools, as well. And myrtle – which I had previously not heard of – is beautiful, as well. The color spectrum you get with a blank is phenomenal. I love it.

As always, your comments and criticism are not only welcome but encouraged. Thanks for looking!

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 02:22 AM

Hmmmmm…...I’m getting ready to purchase a lathe, and I think I just found a great use for any construction cut-offs I may happen across! Nice work on both pieces…..I haven’t turned since high school (about 15 years ago), and I hope my initial pieces come out half as nice as yours.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 02:33 AM

Thanks! I have to tell you, mojoe, I was pretty scared when I got this lathe for Christmas. I didn’t know what to expect of my turning abilities, or how any of the wood I planned on using would come out. But that’s the beauty of woodcraft. Everything is what you make of it, every piece can be changed in an instant. All 4 of my bowls have been decided on the spot while roughing out the blanks, and my desk I built from plans I scribbled on a piece of the walnut as I was buying it from the guy. In the end, I swallow my fears, and start cutting, and see what I can do to surprise myself.

Believe me, if you can build a blanket chest that looks that beautiful after a 10 year dry spell, you can turn bowls that put my little hobby to shame. ;) Just remember – this is what I’m turning after not having done any lathe work after 12 years myself. Good luck in your adventures, my friend, and please post pictures as soon as you turn your first bowl.

PS: The pine bowl up there? That’s construction cutoffs. :D It is the PERFECT way to utilize those cutoffs.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 03:38 AM

You did well a good pair of turnings.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 01-13-2012 03:10 PM

welcome to lj’s and to the turning vortex. Enjoy !

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#5 posted 01-13-2012 05:21 PM

Thanks Michelle! I’m nowhere near your caliber, but I’m going to try real hard.

-- Laywer by day, Carpenter by later in the day.

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