Boxelder Bowl

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Project by puzzled posted 03-15-2008 12:12 AM 1387 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the 6 days that I have had my lathe I have made 3 bowls. Here is the latest one and by far the best. It is roughly 9 1/2” in diameter and 6” high. I really like working with boxelder b/c it has such great color and it easy to work.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-15-2008 12:16 AM

Hi Trey,

You are making it really hard on me!!! :)

You have a lathe less than a week and already producing bowls of this quality and detail. That is wonderful. I have put a lathe on my list but haven’t been able to get my wife to “turn” loose her permission to buy one.

This is a really nice bowl and I do like the color and details of the wood.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 03-15-2008 01:45 AM

What a nice chunk of wood. You did it good.

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#3 posted 03-15-2008 02:01 AM

that is such a nice bowl. same here as Scott. i want to get a big lathe but i think a mini is all i can afford. hey maybe I’ll win the lottery. lol! great job!

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#4 posted 03-15-2008 03:34 AM

Trey that’s a beautiful bowl.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 03-15-2008 05:00 AM

Nice job. That is a beautiful piece of wood!

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

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 03-15-2008 06:17 AM

Looks good. What finish did you use on it?

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 03-15-2008 10:57 AM

Only your third? That is really nice. My next will be my fifth. I hope I can come close to what you’ve created.

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#8 posted 03-15-2008 12:56 PM

Trey, that really turned out good. It looks like you`ve
got a talent for turning.
I can`t wait to see your next project.

—’‘Carry on my wayward son’‘

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#9 posted 03-15-2008 04:37 PM

Thanks for the great comments. I sanded it with 80, 120, 150, 220, 320, and then 400 grit paper while it was spinning on the lathe, so needless to say its pretty slick. I finished it with Krylon UV Resistant Clear Coat Gloss, the UV protectant is so the sunlight won’t fade the red so fast.

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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Douglas Bordner

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#10 posted 03-15-2008 06:17 PM

Cool. I was hoping you knew about the transient nature of the red stain. I turned some boxelder in July and have already noted a decline in the color in just a few months of UV exposure through windows.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#11 posted 03-16-2008 11:47 AM

Trey you are off to a great start – your bowl is beautiful.

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

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