My First Wood Bowl

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Project by FreezFurn posted 09-26-2012 02:14 AM 1382 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Posting my first bowl here. It took me about 3 months to make… two days to turn and the rest of that time to find a way to sand it smooth. It took so long that I am no longer sure what type of wood it is. I believe it is a Maple Burl, but honestly I am not sure. One thing that I learned the hard way is that you have to sand carefully. I kept leaving rough portions in the final product. I researched everywhere and did not find any help.

I live near Peachtree Woodworking and one of their salesmen finally gave me the wisdom I needed. I was skipping grits a little too much: 80, 100, 150, 220, and then micromesh). The formula that worked though was the following grits: 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 220, 320, and finally micromesh. About and hour of sanding using this method and I ended up with a fine bowl. Glad I found the solution, cause I was almost ready to give up on bowls all together. Maybe this tip will help some other new turner out there!

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#1 posted 09-26-2012 02:23 AM

Adding that 120 grit should help. I’ve also found going to higher grits can be very beneficial… I do at least to 400 grit, and sometimes to 600 or more. Remember to wipe off all dust from the previous sanding grit, as abrasive particles are usually left over and can ruin your next sanding level. It also sometimes helps to oil the wood when it’s rough, then wet sand. This method wastes more sandpaper to clogging, but it seems to leave a smoother finish at each grit level as the abrasion is somewhat lubricated.

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#2 posted 09-26-2012 03:26 AM

Bravo It’s beautiful

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#3 posted 09-26-2012 03:34 AM

Did you finish the finish with the micromesh , or jump from 320 to the micro ?
Nicely figured Maple and turning : )

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#4 posted 09-26-2012 08:48 AM

Looks nice. Learning to finish is everything. Still working on it myself.

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#5 posted 09-26-2012 04:52 PM

Thanks guys! I did blow off the dust between grits, but I bet adding 400 and 600 before the micro would be a good thing. I used tongue oil after the micro and sanded lightly between coats off of the lathe. Ah yes, figured maple it is! I’ll have to try using a lubricant for sanding next time. I have used water to raise the grain before, but never an oil. I’ll have to try that.

-- Andy (Father, Math Teacher, Coach, and occasionally... Woodworker) "You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you." Exodus 25:9

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#6 posted 09-26-2012 07:03 PM

Nice bowl. Depending on the tool marks you leave, I usually sand 120, 180, 220, 320, 400, and sometimes 600. If I had to guess the wood, I would say it’s figured Maple, but I’m not positive.

Do you turn your bowl gouge so you’re essentially using it as a scraper (completely closed flute) after you’ve made all of your cuts? This is a technique I use to eliminate nearly all of the tool marks making sanding almost enjoyable.

Great job, and keep turning.

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