Bowl II

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Project by socrbent posted 12-30-2012 03:42 AM 1329 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 6.5”x 3” spalted maple bowl is my second bowl. The first was in a class over a year ago. This bowl was started last April and finished in early December. There was a rotten area that had to be filled with epoxy. You can actually see through the worst spot in the base. Didn’t intend for the the sides to be so thin, but it really changed shape as it dried in a paper bag over the summer. I dropped the bowl as I was buffing the final coat of wax and broke out a large wedge from the side near a weak spot. The break relieved some stresses and I thought there was no way to glue the triangular piece (see 3 picture) back in. Cole jaws worked wonders to help glue the bowl together.

Wisdom from this project – For others just starting to try bowl turning I don’t recommend using spalted soft wood.

Wet bowl blank cut on band saw

Shaped wet bowl with tenon for cutting interior

Reshaping after drying

Filling voids

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 12-30-2012 03:45 AM

Looks good in spite of your problems

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#2 posted 12-30-2012 04:12 AM

Great result after your mishaps. Nice turning on the shape and great finish.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#3 posted 12-30-2012 06:47 PM

Nice bowl ! As you note, spalted soft maple can be a challenge . . .

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 12-31-2012 09:29 PM

wow great bowl

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#5 posted 12-31-2012 09:38 PM

Thanks for the complements. It took many breaks for long periods to regain the motivation to overcome the frustrations this project provided.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 01-10-2013 04:21 AM

Great work you did thanks for sharing…

-- Cosmicturner

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 02:57 PM

I like your determination to stick with it to the end! I have just started turning myself and mounted my first bowl blank on the lathe last night and began turning it. I have a few green logs downstairs with the end grain sealed, so I’ll remember your advice when I cut them out to turn them, which will likely be sometime in the next week or two, as I’m already hooked on turning!

This looks great, especially for only your second bowl, based on what I’ve seen from a lot of other turners and their progression of work.

What did you use for finishing this bowl, if I may ask?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 02:46 AM

Jonathon – the finish was 4 coaats of General Finishes Wood Turners Finish and 4 coats of wax.

-- socrbent Ohio

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