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Project by lew posted 301 days ago 1388 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...a turner makes a fruit bowl.

This project started out as a new salad bowl for Mimi but a nasty catch, with the gouge, instantly transformed the design into a fruit bowl. This was also my first attempt at microwave drying. Although the process works, I think I was too impatient and didn’t continue the drying process long enough as some checking appeared during the final turning phase.

The bowl measures about 11” in diameter and 3” deep. Made from a Sugar Maple tree we had taken down last fall. Finished with several applications of MinWax semi-gloss poly and buffed with furniture wax.

Thanks for looking. Comments and criticisms always welcome.

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





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dean2336

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#1 posted 301 days ago

no mater what it started out to be it ended up a great looking piece .

-- dean2336,nebr.

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Edward E Nock II

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#2 posted 301 days ago

Lew…..It’s a beautiful a bowl. Sorry about the checking. *&$^ happens. I’ve used Instant CVA glue somethmes With some success. Make a shallower bowl out of the last try

Good luck ,
ED

-- ED NOCK

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 301 days ago

This looks really nice, Lew. From your post it sounds like you learned a lot as well. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 301 days ago

Lew,

That is a bummer about the catch, but I am glad you were able to save it!

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Druid

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#5 posted 301 days ago

Looks good, and the grain gives it a nice character. Interesting piece to view as well as being practical. Glad that there was no damage to you when that piece took flight.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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JR_Dog

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#6 posted 301 days ago

Really nice job

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SPalm

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#7 posted 301 days ago

Nice save Lew.
Wow, I shutter when I look at that piece that flew off. Hope it was not too dramatic.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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doubleDD

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#8 posted 301 days ago

Still a nice looking bowl Lew. Much better than firewood. Saving a project is a sign of a good turner. The Maple has nice grain and the knots give it a name.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Napaman

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#9 posted 301 days ago

good save…turned out great!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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deon

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#10 posted 301 days ago

Looks great to me

-- Dreaming patterns

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 301 days ago

Great recovery ,but that block looked like trouble with all these cracks in it..especially that one going up to the rim. Did the cracks happen before or after you microwaved it?

I have had that happen before even after I filled the cracks with epoxy. You are flexible enough to make it to completion although it is a little shorter. I think we all have had that happen at one time or another, but that tests your creativity!!

Nice job and thanks for posting!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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MonteCristo

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#12 posted 301 days ago

Persistence pays off ! A handsome bowl. I think the drying process always has a few surprises – I have had pieces crack that I thought would be fine and vice versa.

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

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Tom Godfrey

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#13 posted 301 days ago

Nice save. It looks great. On the microwave drying I have found out you can’t rush it and I only use the defrost setting and for two minutes. Take it out of the microwave until it cools down and just keep repeating this process, weighting each time I take it out until I see no more weight change. This works for me but I have tried to keep it in the microwave longer than 2 minutes and higher temp and I always have problems when I do that.
Just expressing my opinion.
Tom

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (tom@thcww.com)

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LesB

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#14 posted 301 days ago

Any time you turn a chunk of wood with the center of the tree in the middle like that you are looking for problems. There is just too much shrinkage stress as the wood dries around the center point. I’m surprised the work didn’t go out of round on you….it may still do that as the wood stabilizes.
Next time try filling those cracks with thick super glue and repeat the application as you find more during the turning. Same with the microwave drying process….fill any cracks with super glue early and you can often prevent them from getting worse. Be careful using super glue on warm wood. It can vaporize and you could inhale it. Vaporizing super glue is a hi tech method used by forensic technicians to find finger prints on objects. Not good for your nose or lungs. By the time you smell it there could be some injury to tissue.

Did you put the piece in a brown paper bag during the microwave drying process? That acts like a steam kiln and helps control the balance of moisture from the surface to the inside. Even after drying by microwave it is a good idea to let it rest for 24 to 48 yours.
Regardless, you made a nice save.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 301 days ago

Lew
Nice looking bowl, attractive hunk of wood along with a pleasing design. Well done!

-- Bob A in NJ

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