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Project by javaboy posted 07-23-2012 04:33 PM 1760 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call these “Germany” bowls because they were all made as gifts for my cousins in Germany. They are all bubinga, finished with Danish oil, then buffed and waxed. The first three all share the same shape when viewed from above, but each one was sculpted differently.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-23-2012 04:48 PM

Whoa!!!! Nice carving job and that is a beautiful wood!!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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roer

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#2 posted 07-23-2012 04:49 PM

Beautifull !! Must have taken a LOT of sanding !

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#3 posted 07-23-2012 05:51 PM

Very cool! I really like the soft, flowing shaping.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#4 posted 07-23-2012 05:59 PM

These are so beautiful. At first, I thought it was a guitar body!

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#5 posted 07-23-2012 08:54 PM

Really handsome ! How did you do the carving ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 07-23-2012 10:49 PM

Just love that Bubinga !! Nice project idea : )

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sras

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 01:55 AM

Love the shapes! They really show off all that fine wood grain.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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javaboy

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 03:50 AM

Thank you all for your very kind comments!

I rough out the shapes with a bandsaw, then have at it with one of those circular chainsaw blades that chuck into an angle grinder. Then I switch to a tungsten carbide wheel to remove the worst of the gouges made by the chainsaw teeth. After that there is a whole lotta sanding going on—seems like that stage never ends sometimes. I try to use power tools as much as possible, but inevitably there is a lot of hand sanding too.

Karl

-- Sow justice, reap peace

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 06:36 AM

Very nice unusuall deign.Outstanding finish.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 07-24-2012 06:48 AM

Perfect works of Art and workmanship. Did you cut the outside shapes first then cut out the center?
Arlin

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Oldwest

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#11 posted 07-24-2012 08:05 AM

I love the design and style.

You really let the grain of the bungina shine thru.

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MonteCristo

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#12 posted 07-24-2012 04:17 PM

Karl / Javaboy Thanks for the outline of the process you use. Be careful with that chainsaw blade ! I recently posted a graphic account of a guy who got hurt with one of those when he bent the rules.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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javaboy

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#13 posted 07-24-2012 04:45 PM

Hey Arlin—yes, I cut the outside shapes with a bandsaw first, then cut out the center with power carving tools.

MonteCristo : Thanks for the link to the safety warning about chainsaw carving tools. I try to take every precaution when using all tools, and especially power carving tools. It never occurred to me in a million years that anyone would EVER use a tool like that without having the workpiece firmly secured in some sort of clamping device.

-- Sow justice, reap peace

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javaboy

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#14 posted 07-24-2012 05:02 PM

IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTE!!!!!

Anyone thinking of using chainsaw type carving tools must keep both hands on the tool at all times and the workpiece must be firmly secured in some sort of clamping device. You want to be well rested, alert and dead sober when using these tools, as one moment of inattention or poor judgement can result in catastrophe. Eye and face protection is a must, as the chips are ejected with great force. The tool cuts through hard, dense wood like bubinga like a hot knife through butter—imagine what it can do to your body!

Be safe and enjoy your woodworking for many happy years!

Karl

-- Sow justice, reap peace

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