Small Bradford Pear Bowl

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Project by MOJOE posted 01-08-2013 12:55 AM 1298 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here are the results of day 2 of turning…...brought the chainsaw home today and cut some large cherry bowl blanks, but decided a small bradford pear attempt was a better idea. This bowl is about 3 inches wide and 2 inches high. My 5 yeard old daughter has already taken it as her own for a “pop tab bowl”. I picked up a 4-jaw chuck and a wolverine sharpening system today, and discovered that sharp tools work much better than dull ones…lol. I also cut a small recess in the bottom for the chuck (pretty cool). Anyway, I’m learning a little each time, and can’t wait to tackle the next turning. I sanded this to 600 grit and finished with a light coat of wax.


-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 01:07 AM

beautiful shape,welcome to the addiction

-- jim nevada

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 01:35 AM

Beautiful bowl, Joe. Did you have any problems with cracking with the pear wood?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 01:44 AM

@ Jim…...I did. I am a brand new turner, and noticed from time to time larger hunks were flying off…..when I stopped the lathe, I saw those pieces had sheared off the ends, and there were a fair amount of cracks scattered throughout the piece. The wood was dry, been sitting in the garage for about 1.5 years with anchorseal on the cut ends…....just had a bunch of cracks. I’m not sure, but this wood seems awful hard…..seems odd to me since it is a “decorative” tree used as landscaping here is KC a lot…..they blow down all the time (that’s how I found this piece).....I just figured they were much softer.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 02:47 AM

Nice job!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 05:22 AM


-- KCkevin

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