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Project by BobWemm posted 04-05-2013 06:01 AM 950 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished this one today. I had terrible trouble coming to grips with a “CUBE” being used to make a 3 sided bowl.
Cubes have 4 sides right. Anyway, I proceeded as directed and low & behold, I finished up with this nice 3 sided bowl. I’m thinking that it would look very much nicer with a finial topped lid, Hmmmmmmm. Next time.

The cube is three pieces of Pinus radiata, builders pine, 6×2” glued together.

I used Minwax Wipe-on Poly for the finish. The first time I tried this I was not happy with the result but it has worked well this time. If I make another one of these I will use some better wood.

For your enjoyment.

C & C welcome.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.





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murch

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#1 posted 04-05-2013 08:02 AM

Looks fine to me and I’m still not sure how you did it.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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BobWemm

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#2 posted 04-05-2013 08:25 AM

Murch.
The piece has to be a cube, and you mount any two opposing corners. The cube has six sides all up and if you stand it on one corner then there are three sides on the bottom and three on the top. I carefully shaped the Drive end to create a tenon for holding in the chuck and then it was all systems go.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 04-05-2013 11:32 AM

Excellent execution! Great example of thinking outside the box! Very nice looking bowl!

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

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JR_Dog

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#4 posted 04-05-2013 12:49 PM

That’s really cool Bob; at first I thought you’d cut it after you shaped the bowl but now I see you got that shape from how you mounted it.

Looks great!

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SafferinOz

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#5 posted 04-05-2013 01:24 PM

Hi Bob,

That bowl came out real good. Have you tried doing one in a harder wood like Jarrah or Sheoak?

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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Kreegan

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#6 posted 04-05-2013 01:43 PM

Is a cup type live center a requirement for turning a bowl like this? It looks very cool, and I’d like to try one, but I don’t have a cup live center.

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BobWemm

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#7 posted 04-05-2013 02:28 PM

Safferinoz: No mate, this is the first one, I just used junky wood in case it didn’t work. Next one will be better wood for sure.

Kreegan: No, you don’t have to use a cup live centre. For the drive end i just cut the point off to give me a flat surface to drive it. There is no reason why the same couldn’t be done for the tailstock end. Just make sure that there is a large enough surface to maintain a good grip. Once you have a tenon on the drive point, and have it mounted in your chuck, the support is not so critical.

Have fun.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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gridlockd

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#8 posted 04-05-2013 05:46 PM

I’ve always wanted to try this, I understand the concept behind the turning, but how do you sand it?

-- Gridlockd

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ybotyawnoc

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#9 posted 04-05-2013 07:46 PM

Beautiful! I’d like to try this method myself

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branch

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#10 posted 04-05-2013 08:37 PM

hi great design love it must try one off thous if you don’t mind

branch

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Rockbuster

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#11 posted 04-06-2013 12:43 AM

Hey Bob, We have been writing back and foreth about this project, and I must admit that I was skeptical about a 3 sided bowl from a cube, but now can see how everything comes about. If you can get this kind of milage from some cheap builders pine, i can’t wait to see what you can accomplish using some nice wood, this thing is beautiful.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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BobWemm

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#12 posted 04-06-2013 12:51 AM

Gridlockd: Very carefully. I used a power sander for the solid parts and hand sanded the wings. Took some time but I reckon it was worth it.

Branch: Go for it mate, love to see what you come up with.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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Mark Wilson

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#13 posted 07-09-2015 10:05 PM

Gotta try this. Another wrinkle in the brain. It’s lovely, Bob. Even humble Pine can be a thing of beauty. Short story about how I fell in love with wood: Picked up a piece of 2X4 cutoff and started sanding. And sanding. Went to 2000. Was taken aback at what a little (?) elbow grease could do to a stick. Then, I found out that Redwood has magic inside (Pergola,my Website, Front Page, Carousel). Not all Pine, though. Douglas Fir. Rustic, Outdoor Furniture (in my website), okay. But, unh unh, it doesn’t know how to be pretty. If anyone has photos of something you’ve made of DF that could persuade me otherwise, please, show me.

-- Mark

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