Poplar Bowl

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Project by bigogre posted 228 days ago 859 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another turning from the same tree as the last poplar vessel I posted. I Wanted to try something a little different on the finish on this one, since the last one soaked up so much poly. I applied one coat of lacquer, thinned out 50 percent, and then two coats of wipe on poly. It was still quite fuzzy, being poplar, but I gave it a lite sanding with 400 grit and rubbed in a generous amount paste wax. Took it to the buffer and out popped all that beautiful grain!

This bowl is about 15 inches across and 12 inches tall. Thanks for looking.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#1 posted 228 days ago

Very nice indeed, I love the grain.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 228 days ago

WHOA!!!!!!!!!! Is that ever a beautiful piece.Bigogre!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
and the bark stayed onit!!!

Nice going…...................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 228 days ago

Very nice Poplar Bowl…the grain patterns in the poplar is beautiful….thanksso much for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#4 posted 228 days ago

And I was impressed with your boxes!

This is just spectacular!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 228 days ago

Getting the bark to stay on requires a lot of thin superglue. When the outside is shaped, I saturate the bark with ca glue, then after the inside is hollowed out I do the same. If you try this, make sure to keep your face away from the area above where you are gluing. The fumes could knock down a horse.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#6 posted 228 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 227 days ago

Came out beautifully. Poplar sure has some nice grain

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 227 days ago

That’s beautiful! I’m just starting out and would like to turn a live edge bowl soon


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#9 posted 227 days ago

Michael, just make sure to keep your tools sharp, and your lathe speed up. Also, keep in mind where the edges are at the rim, they tend to disappear.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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#10 posted 227 days ago

Very very nice. I so admire the finished project. I have a crabapple log that I want to do this to.

-- Kandy, Alberta, Canada

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#11 posted 227 days ago

love the live edge, very nice

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#12 posted 227 days ago

Bigogre, That is really a spectacular finish—great bowl!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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