Dresser bowl, Ambrosia Spalted Maple

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Project by PASs posted 08-31-2012 04:08 PM 1284 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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#1 posted 08-31-2012 06:11 PM

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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#2 posted 08-31-2012 06:12 PM

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

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#3 posted 08-31-2012 11:58 PM

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

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#4 posted 09-01-2012 01:32 AM

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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#5 posted 09-02-2012 04:22 AM

”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 : )

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