Lidded Boxes #15: Beall Buffing System for Finish Wax Coat

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-20-2016 08:16 PM 1136 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My experience prior to this huge project was I had only turned two bowls plus I performed a test to see if I could turn a lidded bowl with a scrap piece of Douglas Fir. Those two bowls I turned was nearly a year ago and after I had taken a Woodcraft lidded box class at my local store. The instruction was great. Getting personal attention let me know how delicate cuts are needed at times. We were given instructions on how to sharpen the turning chisels, but that skill was not acquired until a more recent class I took, again at my local Woodcraft.

Making eight bowls and three large lidded boxes has been a good learning experience for me. It also was hard work for this old man. There were several long days where I swear I was beaten up, cut up, and bruised up. I did not go down to the mat. I survived the fight to the 12th round bell. I hope I get the decision or win on points. I tell you I need a few days rest to recover.

I mailed those gifts out this morning.

I have to admit that I had to rush the lidded boxes. Their insides needed to be scraped and sanded more smoothly than what they got. I ran out of time with this Christmas deadline. I feel bad about that, but my Ann says our kids will never know unless I bring the subject up. All I can say is I won’t let that situation occur again. I will give myself more lead time in the future, but I doubt I will be turning these many bowls or lidded boxes again. It was a lot of work.

Also as note to myself: I will not turn wenge wood anymore. I was seduced by its price. It came with a block of Lati wood. So it was to two-fer: two blocks for the price of one. I had so much difficulty working with the wenge’s coarse grain. It seemed that no matter how well I cut or scrapped or sanded this wood, I could not get its surface to behave the way I wanted it. Maybe I should have used a wood filler that I have on hand, but I did not think of that solution at the time. Plus, I do not know if it would done any good. Wenge is off of my shopping list for future projects.

The lati hardwood that was bundled with the wenge, I loved it. I had no problems with its grain. In fact, the grain is outstanding. Also the bubinga blocks I bought was a delight to turn. I went back to Woodcraft and bought some more. I cleared out my local store of what they had on their shelves. Besides I loved how well it turned for me. Bubinga is a beautiful grain hardwood.

My biggest disappointment was that my bloodwood block was going so well when I got a catch and it fractured on me. I was lucky that it did not come completely out of my four jaw chuck. The tool rest I had secured in front of the bowl helped hold it in place. The beauty of this bloodwood was amazing to me. I loved it. This block of the many that I had bought was the only one that was encased in thick wax. I assume that the wax was there so the block would not dry out causing checks. I think my chisel found a small crack that cause the block to fracture more. It could have been my cutting technique, but I recall I was being very careful. I was taking small cuts to carve out the inside of this fantastic bowl. The problem I had is probably why I do not find any full bloodwood bowl images on the Internet. Now my fractured bloodwood piece is just a paper weight and lesson learned… I have gained enough experience to know when to call it quits…

Since I had supplies using the Beall Buffing System, this is how I finished and waxed all of these bowls and lidded boxes. That process for these many items took a long day to complete. I was glad I had a face shield and a good respirator to protect my lungs and respiratory system.

-- --- Happy Howie

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