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Project by GenuineGeek posted 02-24-2013 01:59 AM 589 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started this maple bowl several days ago. It began life as two pieces that I glued together a week ago. One piece was darker than the other so I designed the bowl so that it would be at the bottom to anchor it visually. I like the subtle curve, it took a while to get it just right.
The bowl is finished only with beeswax that was buffed on while it spun on the lathe. So it is food safe.
The bowl is 4 inches tall and 7 inches wide.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.





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Vicki

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#1 posted 02-24-2013 06:46 PM

It turned out (pun intended) beautifully. I can’t tell that it was 2 pieces glued together. I love the shape and the wood. How did you do the 2 accent rings? Wire?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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RVroman

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#2 posted 02-24-2013 07:53 PM

Nice looking Bowl!

I have used a lot of those types of maple blanks and glued them together to make a larger blank. Two things I have found help hide the fact that it is a glue up.

1) Glue them so the growth rings go the same way, for example in picture number 1 if you had flipped the top blank then the rings would go up, looking like a continuation of the bottom blank. Often you can line them up fairly close.

2) Use a contrasting wood in between, then a thin layer of maple on the top. Since they are obviously different woods it is not as big a deal if things do not match perfectly (I still do step 1 though). some examples of this are below.

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

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GenuineGeek

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#3 posted 02-24-2013 09:07 PM

Thanks guys.
Vicki, the lines were made using guitar stings. I learned it from Eddie Castelin here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXYnB4qSatM

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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#4 posted 02-24-2013 09:24 PM

Robert, I wanted to glue them up so that the grain matched better but both blanks only had one face that was flat and true , the other faces were rough sawn. Since I don’t have a jointer or even a large disk sander I had no way to true up the other sides. I hope one day to have more equipment so I can be even more creative. This turning stuff is SOOOOOO much fun. I went to your site, you have some pretty cool stuff that inspires me.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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Vicki

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#5 posted 02-24-2013 09:43 PM

Thanks GG. Eddie is a big help. I got a new lathe for Christmas and so far I’m still reading and watching YT videos. Hope to try it out as soon as I finish us my last project, a cabinet that is taking up so much room in my shop.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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RVroman

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#6 posted 02-24-2013 10:52 PM

Thanks Genuine, I just like to turn things in my spare time, nothing special there.

As far as having a large disc sander here is what I did. Glue two pieces of very flat (I used 3/4 MDF) wood together, find the center, and cut it close to round based on the swing of your lathe, or size sandpaper discs you can find. Center a [spare] faceplate on one side and turn it round. Then use PSA sanding discs, or spray adhesive and regular sandpaper, to attach the paper to the disc. Instant large disc sander. You can even make a table that mounts to the bed of your lathe.

Flatten one side of the blank, mount it, then flatten the other side to match with standard lathe tools. I just recently picked up a drum/thickness sander, but have not yet had the chance to try it out to see if it works any better than using the disc method.

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

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GenuineGeek

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#7 posted 02-25-2013 02:27 AM

COOLNESS, that is a great idea, that would be an excellent interim solution, thanks Robert. I say interim because I have already started building my own disk sander.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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