Sheoak Block No. 1 #3: Finished at last

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Blog entry by BobWemm posted 03-11-2017 07:44 AM 1135 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I would tell how I got the middle piece out without a Coring tool. I do have one of those tools but could not safely use it on this occasion because of the way the lump was mounted.
My coring tool requires the use of the tail stock, and that was absolutely tied up holding this lump onto the faceplate. So I had to revert to other means.
The first photo shows the inner and outer bowls sitting roughly in their original position. I worked my chisels in as far as I could until I started to get some grabs/catches, at this point the chisel tip was about 5 inches over the steady and I was getting REAL nervous so I shut off the lathe and turned to my hammer. It took 4 or 5 blows before the centre block broke free. Oh man.
I finished off the centre piece and sanded it to 400 then polished with Shellawax Glow friction polish. This wood is pretty hard so there was no sealing issue. In the outer piece there were a few spots where the end grain would not sand smooth, so out came the CA glue, I intended to just seal the affected areas but decided to do the complete surface, inside and out, just to see what would happen. I got a great finish with only 1 coat of WOP, and the colour was brought out incredibly. It’s hard to believe that the two bowls are from the same piece of wood, the colour is so different.
Anyway, it is all done now and I am very happy with the end result.

Hope you like the end result.
C & C welcome.


I do believe that I will mount the remaining block so that it can be cored out to give me at least 3 or 4 bowls.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 09:48 AM

Good to see you had a successful end to this project Bob, two nice bowls with a great finish. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 02:31 PM

Interesting, doing this set with just a lathe chise,, I can see how that would work though.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 02:47 PM

I’m glad to see it worked out for you. To chisel out that last piece must of been nerve ending. I would of had a bunch of pieces laying around. 5’’ over the steady rest is some good control. Nice to see the results.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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