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Project by Reaper621 posted 906 days ago 736 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second myrtle bowl, I think my 5th or 6th overall. The learning curve… she is a pain in the butt.

I finally got to make one without a base, just used a little different technique. As usual with bowls, I wanted it to remain food safe. So this bowl has three coats of walnut oil as a finish. It smells great, in my opinion. Little bitter, but nice. If anyone has any reason not to go this route, please, let me know. I’m always open for suggestions.

I bought this blank at Rockler. Little did I know that Rockler sells bowl blanks green, unless you buy from the big box of “we had this crap local”. So I will report back here if there is any cracking in this bowl, but I doubt it, because my larger myrtle bowl (see prior projects of mine) is still in great shape. I tried to make a goblet from osage orange (4th pic), and it checked so bad it split in half just sitting there, a week after the picture was taken.. Does anyone know how long I should keep a bowl blank in the wax before turning? (By the way, it isn’t hollow because one of my screws cracked while trying to hollow it out. I took it off while waiting for my jawed chuck to arrive.)

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





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 906 days ago

Beautiful Bowl ,love that myrtle wood. Good Job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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LesB

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#2 posted 906 days ago

Cracking can frequently be a problem in turning wood that has not been kiln dried. There are a number of ways to deal with it but one method for smaller pieces is to microwave them in a brown paper bag. A full explanation can get rather long so if you can’t find information on this method send me a personal message and I will explain further.

-- Les B, Oregon

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paplou

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#3 posted 906 days ago

I turn green bowls leaving them 5/8s thick then set them on the shelf for six months, then finish turning them to size. I put on a thick layer of bees wax mixed with BLO to let them dry.

-- PAPLOU

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ed220

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#4 posted 906 days ago

Nice turning. Love the color !! Great job !

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Cousinwill

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#5 posted 906 days ago

Nice looking bowl

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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Reaper621

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#6 posted 906 days ago

I’ll have to try both methods. I’m extremely hesitant to put a block of wood in my father’s 800 dollar microwave, so that will have to wait a couple of weeks – when I move out and can do whatever the heck I want with my own microwave. I really need that jawed chuck, too…

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

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LesB

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#7 posted 906 days ago

I have been using the microwave to dry wood for several years without an incident. It doesn’t even cause much of an odor. The purpose of the paper bag is to contain the water vapor (steam) so it acts like a steam kiln, keeping the surface of the wood moist while the inner water gets cooked out. The whole idea is to balance the moisture from the inner wood to the outer surface reducing stress. I heat the wood until I can just barely hold it with my bare hand and then let in cool (in the bag with the top open a little bit). Then I repeat the process until the wood is dry. It does help to partially turn the piece to shape as PAPALOU suggests. If I see small cracks developing I glue them with THICK super glue which usually stops them from getting worse and I can cut through them when I put the piece back on the lathe. Some wood will warp a little but that will happen no matter how you dry it. I haven’t lost a turning yet with this method.

-- Les B, Oregon

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