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Forum topic by Troy Cleckler posted 08-31-2014 02:17 PM 1106 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Troy Cleckler

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08-31-2014 02:17 PM

I’m just getting interested in turning from logs and this was my first attempt at a natural edge bowl from dried cherry log. I knew that the bark wouldn’t stay on but I wanted to try it anyway. After about three hours last night I had a bowl that was shaped and sanded on the outside and rough shaped on the inside. This morning I worked more on the inside, I’ve for a lot to learn about hollowing and dealing with end and side grain, so I did a lot of scraping until I was satisfied with it. Sanded it flipped it around and used a wood friction drive with a paper towel and started to turn off the tenon. Almost there and I cut through. What I had not realized is, while shapping the inside I got into the tenon. I could have left the tenon on as a foot, had I MEASURED it first. Oh well, I think I’ll chalk this on up to practice. This one was naturally pierced, worm holes, and I liked it.

-- Troy. - Measure twice, cut once and fill the gaps....

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#1 posted 08-31-2014 02:24 PM

Oh well better luck next time.You could use this as a vanity sink bowl :)

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Bill White

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#2 posted 08-31-2014 02:34 PM

Let’s see Jim…..Would that make it a lot of work down the drain?? :)
Troy, you’re the only bowl turner that has ever done that. NAHHHHH!
Just chalk it up to practice as you said.


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#3 posted 08-31-2014 02:58 PM

Clean up the hole and spin a base to fit.


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#4 posted 08-31-2014 03:12 PM

Welcome to the Funnel Club!

Mike is right … you could still salvage this piece by cleaning up the hole and turning a base for it.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 08-31-2014 03:38 PM

The best laid plans of mice and men. Mistakes happen. It’s the nature of our hobby.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 08-31-2014 06:54 PM

Nice drain hole for a hanging planter.

Maybe a place for a lamp?

Mike has a great idea as well.

A very nice turning nonetheless. :)

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#7 posted 08-31-2014 10:06 PM

great lampshade

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#8 posted 08-31-2014 10:13 PM

If all projects came out as planned, they wouldn’t be any fun!

I continue to learn from every piece – doubt I’ll ever get to the point where nothing ever blows up or ends up as a funnel. I consider a 70% success rate (out of total started projects) pretty good. The rest make great firewood.


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