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Project by ldl posted 517 days ago 734 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is just a simple little bowl made out of a cut off of a chinaberry log I turned 2 bowls from a couple of weeks ago. I now have them in paper bags drying. Hope they don’t crack as they were fresh cut when I turned them. These will be my first at bagging for drying so time will tell. This cut off was destined for the trash like so many others a couple of weeks ago I started to throw away. It was raining here yesterday and I didn’t have anything else to do so I got this out and turned it. It is a very stringy wood but it sanded out fairly well. I almost messed up by putting the groves in it as with the wood being stringy it almost started flaking off between the lines. I have got to get me some wire to do these from now on. I took my skew and made then. I see where the finish I guess raised some edges between the lines I didn’t see.

It is made of chinaberry and is 3 1/2×1 1/2. Finished with Capt Eddie’s OB Shine Juice.

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





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49bill

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#1 posted 517 days ago

Dewayne good looking bowl I didn’t know chinaberry was such a pretty wood. Oh! I was going to ask is your lathe floating yet ha! ha!

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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woodshaver

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#2 posted 517 days ago

This is a ncie looking little bowl Dewayne. I never worked with Chinaberry wood before. But the name of my daughers street is Chinaberry! LOL! Nice Work!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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woodshaver

2738 posts in 1954 days


#3 posted 517 days ago

I did a Google search for Chinaberry wood. WOW! You learn somthing new every day!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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ldl

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#4 posted 517 days ago

Thanks guys for the comments.

Bill we high & dry so far. Don’t know the official total and I don’t have a rain gauge but like the ole folks used to say “It’s wet under the house now.” Haa Haa

Tony I had never worked with chinaberry either so last month my son helped me get some pecan from a burn pile a land clearing friend of mine let me get and there was the chinaberry tree laying there. I got 2 log sections about 10” long by 8” around to try. It is pretty but it is granny and stringy. Can’t put lines like I did very close as the strings will flake off between the lines.

I also have turned a couple of pecan bowls that are drying in paper bags. Will post them when I finish them later.

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

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woodshaver

2738 posts in 1954 days


#5 posted 517 days ago

Thanks Dewayne! But it sure it good looking wood!
I’ll be looking for your post on the Pecan bowls! :)

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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GENET

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#6 posted 517 days ago

GOOD LOOKING BOWL DEWAYNE. HAVENT TURNED ANYTHING LATELY STILL WERKING ON GETTIN MY SHOP BACK IN SHAPE.

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Bigrock

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#7 posted 516 days ago

Hi:
The bowls look good so far and they should turn out well. I think you have an advantage where you live because of the temperature and moister level in your area.
Good luck

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cosmicturner

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#8 posted 516 days ago

Nice looking bowl Dewayne…I love the wood the sap and heart wood contrast is always eye catching….

-- Cosmicturner

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MonteCristo

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#9 posted 516 days ago

Interesting wood. I am surprised that you put finish on it before it has properly dried. Is that going to work ? As I understand it, most finishes don’t go along with wet wood.

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

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ldl

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#10 posted 516 days ago

Thanks again for the comments.

Gene sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses you know. Haaa Haaa

Actually I applied the finish before I thought about it possibly not being fully dry.

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

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Adam Hood

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#11 posted 515 days ago

Dewayne, I turn a lot of Chinaberry and it does turn very nice. I am in Florida so we also have hot temperature and high moisture. To start off, nicely done bowl my friend. One thing I would advise is to get what is called end grain sealer or also known as AnchorSeal. It is a water soluble wax that you put on with a pain brush just as you were painting. Put it on the end grain only so it slows the loss of moisture through the end grain and forces the wood to loose it out of the side grain. You are going to need to change the bag everyday or mold will start to grow and you don’t want that. Don’t need to put wet shavings in it because that also will mold. What I do is paint the end grain of the bowl with the end grain sealer and just set it up on a shelve and let it dry. Make sure you keep the walls about 3/4” think and constant all the way through to the bottom, that will help with the checking. Sometimes I don’t even seal them. Just a constant wall thickness and set them up. Check them with a moisture meter every month until they stop loosing moisture, put it on the lathe and finish turn it. I also finish turn them between just shy of 1/8” to 1/4”, sand and put an oil finish on it. Oil it twice a day until it stops taking it and let the wood have a final say in what it wants to look like. They warp nicely, I call it art. Good luck and keep the shaving flying!

-- Adam ~ AdamHoodStudios.com ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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ldl

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#12 posted 515 days ago

I didn’t have any AnchorSeal but had some latex paint and painted each end of both the chinaberry and pecan blocks I cut the other day. Though it was about a day and a half before I could do it I painted them and the cracks already formed didn’t increase in size so I guess it werked. Don’t have a meter yet. Can’t get everything I want at one time Haaa Haaa.

The dark grain had a kinda motley look and I didn’t like it at first but it looked better since I put the finish on it. This was a small cutoff and I think it must have dried out a lot because it didn’t seem to be to damp when I turned it. Hasn’t cracked yet and I didn’t put up to dry. Might just be lucky don’t know.

Last time I tried to turn 1/4” or less I turned the bottom out. I haven’t got brave enough to try 1/4” thick walls again yet. Haa Haa. I just need practice I guess. Would like a Laser but oh well.

Thanks for the info.

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

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