First try at turning a bowl

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Project by gridlockd posted 04-09-2012 02:50 AM 924 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at bowl turning. I am super happy about this bowl! It turned out way better than I could have imagined. The wood is dogwood, if you can believe it. It was a huge standing dead tree in my back yard for a couple years and a recent storm brought it down. I checked the MC and it was at about 16%, so i cut ‘er up, and made some blanks. I surely didn’t expect all the figuring i found in it! anyway, finished the outside with 3 coats of wipe on poly, buffed it out with some paste wax, and the inside with mineral oil and beeswax. all comments appreciated!

-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 03:16 AM

That is beautiful. Iturneda small bowl out of Osage Orange. I use it to hold dark chocolate pieces. Yours looks like it would be about the right size…

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 11:23 AM

Looks very nice. About how big is it? You made it food safe, so I assume maybe salad bowl size?

-- "I suggest a new strategy, R2: let the Wookiee win."

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 11:49 AM


-- Nancy

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 01:30 PM

Forgot to add size to the original post. yes, about salad bowl size, 6” O.D. wouldn’t do well for salad dressing though, it’s got a worm hole that goes clean through the bottom, lol!

-- Gridlockd

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 04:26 PM

Nice start on a new addiction. Now every chunk of wood you see will be evaluated for turning.
On those small “worm” holes or cracks. I use thick super glue to fill them while I’m still turning the piece. If they are large, super glue and sawdust fill them in nicely. It takes the thick glue longer to set up which is good for getting it to seep into the holes and adding sawdust but it also means you need to wait 15 to 30 minutes before you start turning it again.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 06:14 PM

Nice! My first two bowls were from green cherry and I thought I roughed them out thick enough to not warp – wrong! I need to get some dry blanks myself. Cheers!

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#7 posted 09-06-2012 03:47 PM

Truly impressive for a 1st time turning a bowl. My 1st bowl didn’t make it off the lathe before it was ruined. Bit I kept it anyway to remind me of the possibilities.
Really nice work youve done. Keep going.

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#8 posted 12-10-2013 10:53 PM

Nice job, great finish.

-- Tony, Oakdale, NY,

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