Maple Bowl

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Project by TheDane posted 11-17-2012 10:18 PM 1411 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we moved into the new old house, the previous owner left me a ‘gift’ of sorts … there was a chunk of a log about 12” in diameter on a shelf in the garage. He was not a woodworker or turner, so I’m guessing it was destined for the fire pit.

I just had to find out what the grain looked like, so I split it in two, and the photos are half of the result (the other half can be seen at …
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This one kind of threw me for a loop. The other half was pretty punky, so I had to turn off quite a bit of wood before I got into something solid enough. On this one, I was into good wood almost as soon as I got the bark off, but there was a problem … three voids about a half inch long (each) near the pith on one side.

I decided to try to save the piece, so I mixed up a little 5 minute epoxy and poured it into the voids. The first batch didn’t fill it, so I mixed up more, poured, then mixed more, etc. Then I noticed epoxy running all over the bench! There was a small void on the opposite end of the path, and epoxy was running through it like I was pouring it into a funnel. I patched the small void with duct tape and continued until the three on the other end were full, then put it aside to cure for about a month. When I resumed work on hollowing it a few days ago, I hit a banjo-shaped pool of cured epoxy inside about an inch in. I debated parting it off right below the voids, thus getting rid of the pith, but that would have given me a bowl just under 2 1/2” high. I decided to keep the voids and the pith instead, yielding a bowl that is just under 8” in diameter and 3 1/2” high.

I sanded it to 800 grit, finished it with Mahoney’s Walnut Oil and buffed with the Beall System. BTW … I love this finish. Once you touch it, it is so soft it almost says “Touch me again!”.

I’m not positive which species it is, but the resident expert in my turning club says it is sugar maple.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 11-17-2012 10:31 PM

Nice looking wood. Love old spalted wood. Good turning.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 11:05 PM

That is quite a bowl!


Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 11-17-2012 11:07 PM

Nice turning job. a lot of work and a good result.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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John Gray

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#4 posted 11-18-2012 02:25 AM

As a fellow turner I can say great job and beautiful wood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 11-18-2012 02:30 AM

Great piece, just started turning bowls and it isn’t as easy as I thought!

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#6 posted 11-18-2012 03:21 AM

USAFPOL—Careful … it is addictive!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#7 posted 11-18-2012 05:40 AM

This is a great job and this bowl has wonderful figure .

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 11-18-2012 01:39 PM

Well done Gerri that has some pretty grain.

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#9 posted 11-18-2012 06:11 PM

I thought it was Pine at first with those growth rings /pattern. Maple , ay ? Wow !

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

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#10 posted 11-18-2012 08:17 PM

looking good Gerry :-)
nice saved
its amaizing how often Gaffa (Duct tape) is used in woodworking ….

take care

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#11 posted 11-18-2012 08:54 PM

Duct tape … maybe the most useful tool in the shop!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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