Question for turners: How about Big Leaf Maple for a bowl?

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Forum topic by Lee Barker posted 03-15-2013 11:10 PM 750 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lee Barker

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03-15-2013 11:10 PM

About 17” diameter, 5” deep.

Thanks for the value of your experience.



-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 03-15-2013 11:16 PM

If you have a lathe with enough swing for that, go for it! Mine has a max swing of 16” so I would have to slim it down some.

I’m not sure exactly what kind of maple this was, just Maple but here it is, give a look..

-- - Terry

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#2 posted 03-15-2013 11:25 PM

As long as the wood is stable, you can turn anything. Dose it have any figure to it? If yes, it will really show when it is turned. If not, it will be a great looking bowl regardless.

-- haste makes firewood.

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#3 posted 03-16-2013 01:32 AM

According to this article:

it’s a form of soft maple and works well and easily. Care has to be take when finishing, but that seems to be about it. A bowl that size would require a larger capacity lathe, 1.5 HP at least I’d think. Good luck!

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Chris Matthews

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#4 posted 03-16-2013 05:53 PM

Sure, it would turn very nicely. Do you have some? Have a 20 in swing on my lathe if you want to come over and turn it.

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