Finished Bowls from a Board

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Project by TerryDowning posted 08-06-2013 04:36 PM 1841 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished some Bowls from a board. The Blog is here if you’re interested in the details of the process. It covers construction of the lighter colored bowl which is now my Ice Cream Bowl! I Love Ice Cream!!

To make a long story extremely short: Make a circle from a board, cut rings, glue together to form a bowl blank, turn to desired profile and finish as desired.

The darker bowl was ebonized using the vinegar and steel wool method and still needs some lacquer to really make it shine. I was amazed at how fast the darkening took place once the vinegar/rust solution contacted it. Just a few minutes really.

The bowl before I started

The vinegar rust solution. I dissolved a rusted and soap free SOS pad into 1 Cup of Vinegar. (This took the most time. about a week or so)

Then brushed the solution with a cheap chip brush. These photos were taken just a few minutes after application, you can see that solution is still wet.

I did 2 applications letting the bowl dry to the touch between applications. I’m not sure the additional application did anything to darken the bowl further. It’s not quite as dark as if I had used India Ink or leather dye. But this was waaayy cheaper!

Let me know what you think.

All comments, critiques, and questions are welcome.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 08-06-2013 06:08 PM

Your bowls look great and have a nice design. Trying different methods of dyeing is a good addition and thinking out of the box. That is amazing how well that darkened the bowl. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 08-06-2013 08:04 PM


The ebonized bowl from a board was my first bowl from a board, the ebonizing is a first as well. So I guess I could Call it a bowl full of firsts!!

-- - Terry

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#3 posted 08-07-2013 10:42 PM

I would be very careful with the vinegar…IT EATS GLUE

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#4 posted 08-07-2013 11:19 PM

Thanks! Something to keep in mind.

I had not thought of that. Fortunately, the turning is done and this is going to be a display piece only.

The actual contact is a very light brushing of the solution which dries quickly. I have not seen any separation of the glue joints yet. I’ll keep an eye on it though.

-- - Terry

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#5 posted 08-16-2013 03:55 PM

Love your bowls, Terry. Been wanting to try one from laminated boards like yours…

Wow, I didn’t know vinegar ate glue, either! Hopefully not enough of it contacted the ebonized bowl’s glue? I love the color it took on.

Keep it up!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 08-16-2013 04:21 PM

Here’s the bowl after adding a clear gloss coat. I honestly don’t know if the clear coat is acrylic, or lacquer or whatever. The coverage was even and the application from a rattle can went well. I also buffed with tripoli and white compounds.

The glue seems to have held.

The black is much blacker after adding the clear coat.

-- - Terry

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