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Forum topic by JoeinGa posted 07-21-2015 07:47 PM 1089 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-21-2015 07:47 PM

So I’m turning a glued-up blank that has 6 layers of maple and cedar. The block was approx. 12” square and just at 6” tall when I started. As I was sweeping up the shavings today I wondered HOW does a bowl that’s just a tad bigger than a 1 gallon milk jug produce enough shavings to fill TWO 5-gallon buckets?

I’ve “sorta” noticed this before, but since this is the biggest bowl I’ve turned so far it was by far way more shavings than any one piece I’ve done yet.

Soon as I get some finish on this one, I’ll post some pictures.

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 07:54 PM

You are uncompressing/disassembling the bonds between atoms :) Similar situation in reverse – it takes several hundred plastic bags to make a 3” diameter chunk of plastic about 1.5” thick when you melt it down.

(The bags shown above were just a fraction of what it took to make that chunk)

Cheers,
Brad

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#2 posted 07-21-2015 09:31 PM

Joe I swear when I put a 12’’ log 18’’ long on the lathe I can fill up a 30 gallon drum just to round it out. Hey at least we get a lot of mulch.

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#3 posted 07-21-2015 09:38 PM

Oh the pleasantries of turning wood…

Brad,those are interesting plastic blocks by the way. Neat.

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#4 posted 07-22-2015 12:32 PM

Here’s a little sneak peek of the bowl. I just shot the first layer of lacquer on the inside. The maple top ring has some pretty nice grain. I make a post of this when it’s done
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#5 posted 07-22-2015 02:42 PM

Beautiful work Joe!

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#6 posted 07-22-2015 04:36 PM

Gorgeous bowl, Joe!

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#7 posted 07-22-2015 04:41 PM

I agree Joe, very well done.

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#8 posted 07-22-2015 04:52 PM

Looks really nice, Joe.

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#9 posted 07-22-2015 09:30 PM

Really nice, Joe. I especially like the great smooth finish you are putting on it. That is only one coat of lacquer? Nice!!

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#10 posted 07-23-2015 01:50 AM

did you Book the grain on purpose?

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#11 posted 07-23-2015 05:16 AM

Sweet!! That one is a beauty!

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#12 posted 07-23-2015 01:38 PM

Thanks for the nice comments folks!

Ron, yes that pic is with just the first coat of lacquer.
REO yes, I always look at my blanks as I do the glue-up, looking at how the grains will meld.

This morning I put 2 more coats on and tomorrow I’ll start putting lacquer on the outside. Should be done in a few days. I’m also working on a couple of cedar bowls, cutting straight from the whole log, rather than slicing them up first.

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#13 posted 07-25-2015 11:52 PM

Great looking bowl. One of the reasons I love to turn is that you can produce a beautiful project in less time than it takes to do the finishing. Instant gratification.

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#14 posted 07-27-2015 03:26 PM

Have to ask Brad, what are you doing with the plastic blocks?

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#15 posted 07-27-2015 03:30 PM

That is really nice looking. Guess your having fun putting that new lathe to work.

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