Hexagonal Bowl

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Project by rilanda posted 05-31-2016 07:14 PM 577 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl (12” diameter, maximum size I can turn over my bed bars) was made from a piece of waste Oak kitchen worktop. I decided on the hexagonal shape because it was a shape I had not worked on before, the outcome being a little unknown. It was relatively easy to turn (although there are dangers with the corners) but the changing grain directions from the laminations and a small number of finger joints that were within the piece created small but manageable problems. The adhesive used in the construction of the worktop also caused quite a dulling effect on the tools I used which was mainly a bowl gouge and a scraper that I sharpen like a cabinet scraper with a raised burr edge. A major problem came when I had to remount it in my cole jaws to finish off the base of the bowl, it did not meet up with all of the rubber mounting posts; but no problem is insurmountable if the will is there to see the project through. The bowl was sanded down through the grades finishing on 400 grit and polished using 2 coats cellulose sander sealer and 2 coats melamine lacquer. It had taken about 2 hrs to make from a piece of timber that was probably destined for the fire and I think the end result justifies the time and effort that went into it.

-- Bill, Nottingham. Remember its not waiting for the storm to end, but learning to dance in the rain that counts. If you dont make mistakes, you make nothing at all.

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#1 posted 06-01-2016 08:55 AM

That’s really clever Bill. I like the shape and it looks really tactile. You never know what lies beneath the surface of those supposedly solid oak worktops once you start cutting into them. Sometimes you’ll expose a knot or worse still, find that some of the blocks used in the lamination are actually oak-faced plywood.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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