maple burl bowl

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Project by bobasaurus posted 12-09-2012 09:10 PM 1348 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this bowl a few days ago. It’s from a maple burl blank my sister gave me ages ago. This is the first time I’ve managed to make a bowl without using any scrapers… gouges the whole way, with a touch from a parting tool for the tenon. Sanded to 800 grit and finished with wipe-on poly. Not super fancy, but I like the figure and glossy sheen.

Here are some more pictures:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 12-09-2012 09:17 PM

Nice figure to that burl, and nice finish. Congrats on using gouges only!

It is hard to tell the depth from the picture, is it hollowed all the way to the bottom? If not the only thing I might suggest is undercutting the bowl a bit further to make the “pedestal” a bit narrower, and then flare it out again. But, that is just a personal preference. On the other hand, if it is hollowed to the bottom then ignore that, it would not work.

-- Robert --- making toothpicks one 3x3x12 blank at a time!

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#2 posted 12-09-2012 09:21 PM

Yeah, it looks a hair thick at the bottom, though it’s hollowed pretty much all the way down. The last bowl I made had a bottom too small and it wobbled a bit, so this one I went the other way. I’ll have to come to some happy medium.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 12-09-2012 10:03 PM

Wow that’s amazing wood Bob great job.

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#4 posted 12-09-2012 11:13 PM

Nice capture on the wood.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#5 posted 12-10-2012 01:49 AM

What a gorgeous piece of maple !!

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