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Bandsaw Bowls Made From The Logs Of A China Berry Tree

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Project by Blackie_ posted 552 days ago 1429 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: Here are a couple of Bowls that I made using my bandsaw from the log of a China Berry tree, these were cut with my chain saw locally from some farm land after high winds blew it over, the thing about this wood, it splits very fast so you have to work it quickly, once I had them cut in slices of around 6” each on my bandsaw before working them they started splitting, I could actually hear them splitting while they sat in my shop waiting their turn, I managed to get some of them before. The small one measures 3 1/2” high x 5 1/2” wide the large one measures 5 1/2” high x 6” wide, the small bowl can also nest inside of the large bowl as it was the inner core so I’m debating on keeping them separate or together. I finished them in one coat of tung oil, 3 coats of my made mix of wipe on poly and a final wipe down with paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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grizzman

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#1 posted 552 days ago

these are really nice randy, im going to try some myself…when you cut the wood out do you cut into the log at a sharp angel or straight in..im wondering if some different wood would look interesting on the bottom..might try a few and see…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Arbuckster

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#2 posted 552 days ago

This looks great. Thanks for the idea. I love this web site. Everyone on here is awesome.

-- Arbuckster, Oregon

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Roger

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#3 posted 552 days ago

Tis a beautiful hunk-ahunka nicely grained wood.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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ldl

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#4 posted 552 days ago

Blackie good looking box.

I turned 2 bowl from some green chinaberry a couple of weeks ago. I have never turned this wood before. It was very stringy. I have the bowls in paper bags right now. I was going to open them the first of March and check them. Hope they don’t crack.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 552 days ago

Thanks all, Grizz I enter in at an long angle following the grain into the cut line.

Note: it’s very…. important that you secure the round logs to some sort of a jig else they will turn in your hands and could turn out bad. I tie them to an L shaped Jig with a single screw that rides the fence.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Blackie_

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#6 posted 552 days ago

Dewayne, I honestly don’t know what to expect with these but I first filled the staring cracks with super glue then a follow up with wood glue then dusted the tops of the cracks with the saw dust of the wood sanded and finished.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 552 days ago

One of these would be fun to try. Great job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 552 days ago

Those are cool Randy. First time I’ve seen Chinaberry. Pretty, but the cracking thing would really pi$$ me off! Do you think it’s a moisture/drying thing? Or just a characteristic of the wood?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Blackie_

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#9 posted 552 days ago

Andy, I’m not sure but it might be a little of both.

I’ve heard that china berry is a fast growing tree and that fast growing trees are more susceptible to split? I don’t know how accurate that is though.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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ldl

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#10 posted 552 days ago

The bowls I turned were very wet 2 days after cut but I used latex paint to seal them. When I cut for a blank they had split only about 2” across a 8” log. Not sure about how it will look dry but it had a real light outer section about 3” in then the rest was a dark motley looking. Time will tell I guess. I will post the bowls when I finish them.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 552 days ago

I had an interesting “cracking” experience with that really old , dried out redwood. Made a BS box, sanded it to 220, no problems. Then it started cracking as I applied shellac. Explain that one?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 551 days ago

Andy only thing I can come up with is it must have been a female tree. LOL oooop did I just say that? just a little humor.

I have no clue on that one Andy, might try posting that question in the forums.

Dewayne yep that’s the characteristics of my splits as well, the split starts from the outside and goes inward clear to the center core of the log opening wider at the mouth

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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stefang

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#13 posted 551 days ago

Nice little bowl Randy and a good idea on the bandsawing. I like the eccentric shape.

gfadcm Reaction wood releasing the tension after sawing? Can’t think the shellac could have anything to do with it, but I don’t know much.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 551 days ago

Nice one ,Randy. it lends itself to the shape of the log!!..........Jim

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

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gfadvm

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#15 posted 551 days ago

Mike/Randy, That redwood had several opportunities to crack but it waited several days. Puzzling but I’m about out of that old redwood anyway.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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