|Project by tyskkvinna||posted 05-20-2012 03:21 PM||1585 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This was a fun little project that I worked on in the middle of a couple of other big projects.
The maple came from a bunch of cut offs that a member of the Grand River Woodturning Guild gave me last week.. they were too punky for him to do anything with but I play with a rigid metal lathe and have been working in epoxy infusion.
Anyway.. this bowl was an exercise in spite.
I dipped the whole bowl in a purple dye and was going to infuse it—and thought I HAD infused it – to find out my vac chamber did not pull all night because I forgot to switch a valve. So what happened was it wicked up most of the water but none of the dye.. which means when I went to step 2, infuse with epoxy, it was not particular absorbent.
When turning it, it split in half and one half threw itself a good one hundred feet before landing. Upon getting to the interior it was also revealed to be … not purple! Bummer.
I sanded both halves flat and then glued a piece of walnut in the middle. Re-roughed it and then soaked it again in epoxy. Even then, a little bit of tearout—did I mentioned it was REALLY punky?
There’s a little bit of purple leftover… I could have gotten it out if I dug deeper, but I chose to keep this kind of thick for the sake of structural integrity, of which it is kind of lacking.