Third cholla bowl #5: Roughing it out

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Blog entry by Dave Polaschek posted 05-10-2022 02:22 AM 632 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Got a few minutes at the lathe this morning and decided I’m just going to make the bowl in one piece. Yeah, it feels like wasting expensive materials, but it’s also pretty fiddly getting all the layers glued together. So it’ll only be a couple inches high. More of a plate, I guess.

I turned the edge round, and flattened the bottom and put in a recess I can chuck up when its time to turn the bowl over to do the inside. But I’m going to try and get the outside nearly done before I do that. Almost all of the work today was done with a 14mm bedan. Went to the grinder four or five times, and still was working dull much of the time.

It’s going to be some work, as there are a few voids / bubbles in the epoxy. But I’ll go back and fill those I can’t turn away. And I’ll definitely make a mess again.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-10-2022 02:30 AM


Have you thought about seeing if you can get somebody to Ringmaster it for you

-- Regards Rob

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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 05-10-2022 02:47 AM

I’ve ordered. Ringmaster, Rob. Haven’t heard anything from them in over a month, so I’m trying to decide if I just cancel the order and let my credit card company fight them, or if I try to be patient.

But the first two I did, I cut them ringmaster-style myself, freehand. Isn’t all that hard to do.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 05-10-2022 04:10 AM

Still too early to see what it’s gonna be but I like the dark colors against the cholla.

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

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#4 posted 05-10-2022 05:32 AM

Oh looks like everything is well and truly under control!

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 05-10-2022 11:28 AM

So far, so good.
Once this has been “ring mastered” and assembled, maybe the epoxy voids can be left in the bowl, sort of like the cholla has the same appearance, natural cracks & crevices.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 05-10-2022 11:35 AM

Yeah, it shows some promise, Dave. We’ll see how it comes out.

Hopefully, Rob. But “control” can be a relative thing around here…

Thanks, Tom! I don’t think this one will get the ringmaster treatment. I think I’m going to make more of a plate from it. I’m not sure about leaving the voids. They can be sharp-edged, but it sure can be tedious to fill them. Then again, it’s a chance to use a contrasting color of epoxy, so maybe that’s my approach…

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 05-10-2022 01:08 PM

Hi Dave. I hope all the voids clean up. I have been working on a pistachio plate for 2 months. I think I screwed up the last epoxy mix as it is not fully dry after 2 weeks. It was filled 8 times before turning for all the cracks in it.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 05-10-2022 03:17 PM

Well! Just got notice today that my RingMaster shipped. So maybe I’ll change my mind in the next day or two. Got minimal shop-time today anyhow.

Jim, I hope so too. I’ve had a couple pours of epoxy where I either didn’t stir enough or something else went wrong, but one of the things I’ve been liking about System 3 general purpose is that I’ve had fewer problems with it than other brands. Maybe I’m just getting more consistent, or maybe it’s more forgiving. Either way, I probably wont be switching.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 05-12-2022 01:17 AM

Looks like you are moving along Dave. Waiting to see how it turns out. I’m sure you will get a good finish on it.

-- Eric, building the dream

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