Cherry Bowl for my Brother

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Project by Chris posted 06-21-2008 02:34 AM 1714 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother just purchased his first house. Up in northern Ohio. It’s a 100 year old farm house and I thought this bowl would be a nice house warming gift.

It was also my first time turning Cherry. I found that your tools had better be VERY sharp or the short grain fibers (end grain) will tear instead of slice. This led to a lot of sanding to finish it up. The finish is one coat of Tung Oil and a couple of coats of satin poly.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#1 posted 06-21-2008 02:46 AM

Beautiful bowl. I’m sure they will love it.

Thanks for the tip on turning cherry.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 06-21-2008 03:01 AM

beautiful bowl! that cherry has some wonderful color!

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#3 posted 06-21-2008 03:48 AM

Thanks Guy’s…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 06-21-2008 04:08 AM

Cherry is a favorite wood of mine, but never tried to turn a bowl with it, Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#5 posted 06-21-2008 05:32 AM

Very nice work, I love that deep dark stain you gave it, it looks beautiful. I’ll have to try it. Congratulatoms.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 06-21-2008 05:43 AM

Very nice! Although I’m finding that all my tools need to be very sharp no matter what the wood.


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#7 posted 06-21-2008 03:32 PM

Nice looking bowl. I agree with Kerux, sharp tools are a must regardless. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#8 posted 06-21-2008 06:05 PM

Very nice! Love turning cherry.

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#9 posted 06-21-2008 06:42 PM

A real classic. Beautiful shape and color.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#10 posted 06-21-2008 06:57 PM

Kerux & Trifern,

There is sharp and then there is sharp… My point was that I believe with the Cherry you should stop and touch up more often than with other woulds I had encountered. Even though the tools were “fairly” sharp they would still tear the fibers rather than slice. Of course this could be due to the fact that this wood was dry not green, which as you know makes a big difference as well.

Don’t you just love how many of the terms and phrases we use are so subjective? :)

Have Fun!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#11 posted 06-21-2008 07:02 PM

Beautiful job Chris!

-- Martin, Kansas

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#12 posted 06-21-2008 07:47 PM

I don’t turn but I always enjoy a well done piece. This IS a well done piece. I love the proportions, wood selection and the finish.

-- David, O.C., California

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#13 posted 06-22-2008 05:30 AM

that is a very sweet bowl …love the shape and color of it and the walls look very thin at the top…kind of delicate .

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 06-26-2008 01:50 AM

Nice job…

Excited to see your bowl, I have a buddy that just let me know that he had a cherry tree come down…and he is sliding some wood my way…

Thanks for the tip on the sharp tools…

I will let you know how my turns out…

-- 'Original Rudge' Muskoka, Cdn

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#15 posted 06-30-2008 05:17 AM

Chris I really like everything about this bowl . Good job

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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