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Dresser bowl, Ambrosia Spalted Maple

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Project by PASs posted 690 days ago 690 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought an old Craftsman Tube-bed lathe a couple years ago.
It had some wood from Woodcraft included in the deal.
Finally dug around and made this dresser bowl.
The wood was VERY dry so after I rough-turned it I soaked it in a ziploc bag with boiled linseed oil.
Why BLO? Because that’s what I’ve got.
I waited till the BLO soaked in and cured, then did the final turning.
Final finish was polishing on the Beall system.
Although the wood polished as smooth as any other, the linseed oil seems to shine less that the 2 pound shellac I normally use.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."





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MonteCristo

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#1 posted 690 days ago

Not sure I understand why you soaked it in BLO. The spalted maple I deal with soaks up oil like a sponge. Do you figure it was easier to turn after the soaking ?

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Roger

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#2 posted 690 days ago

That’s really a beautiful bowl Pete. How big is it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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nonickswood

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#3 posted 690 days ago

Nice work! That looks like a very nice thin lip you achieved there!
Good looking Grain as-well.

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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PASs

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#4 posted 690 days ago

MC, I used BLO because I just got some and thought I’d see how it worked…and it was an oil-eating sponge for sure!

Roger, it’s 5 5/8” in diameter.

Nick, I actually had to dull the edge, the BLO stabilized the wood so well I got the edge sharp enough to cut through a sanding pad in from the felt side in about 1/2 second…too sharp for safety and glad I had gloves on!

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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Dusty56

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#5 posted 688 days ago

”the linseed oil seems to shine less that the 2 pound shellac I normally use.”
Oil finishes are soaked into the wood , not a hard coating on top of the wood. Nice turning : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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