My lathe journeys. #35: ... Bean pot bowl

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 08-08-2015 02:46 PM 1940 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the biggest bowl I’ve made to date. Reminds me of a bean pot LOL! Maple and cedar.

Some interesting observations:

Gluing up the flat blanks took one day.
Turning the bowl took a total of about 4 hours.
Finishing (one coat of Tung oil and about 6 coats of rattle-can lacquer) took over a week!
Here’s some more pictures.






It just over 9” across and about 6” tall. Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed !

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#1 posted 08-08-2015 03:17 PM

Wow! Impressive, Joe! Nice combination of woods.

Being that deep of a bowl, were you able to turn it as a single piece, or did you turn it as two halves, then assemble?—or perhaps turn it mounted from both ends, putting on the bottom last? I don’t think I could turn something that deep. Couldn’t get the angle on the tool, but then again, maybe I don’t have the right tools, either.

I love seeing projects that give me ideas. This one does.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#2 posted 08-08-2015 03:48 PM

Looks very good. My first tought: Keulse pot (google keulse pot and you will see)


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#3 posted 08-08-2015 04:58 PM

I Like It!
Mimi would use this on her counter top for kitchen utensils.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-08-2015 06:02 PM

Thanks guys.

Yes Brent, I turn this as one piece. I glued 6 pieces of wood together and let it dry for like a week to make sure all that glue sets up fully. And I glue a small wood block to the base to be able to screw it on my faceplate. When I’m done turning , I use a sharp chisel to cut the block off the bowl and then just sand out the bottom with my ROS.





To turn the inside I use a curved tool rest that was given to me.


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#5 posted 08-08-2015 07:08 PM

Isn’t this a cool looking bean pot. Yes I said bean pot also. I have a couple similar and that’s what I call them. My wife just calls them big bowls. ha ha. Aren’t those Milwaukee ROS great.
Did you do the hollowing with your bowl gouge? The curved tool rest does help a lot for getting in there.

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

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#6 posted 08-08-2015 08:39 PM

Another beautiful bowl, Joe! Did you alternate or align the grain in the layers? Love the knot in the bottom on the inside. Cedar looks like it’s getting real thin there. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 08-08-2015 08:52 PM

Thanks Dave. Appreciate that. I have another similar one glued up now that I’ll be turning next week. It’s 5 layers thick, maple, oak, and cedar.

Thanks Candy. I usually try to pay attention to how the grain will line up. Sometimes it lines up perfectly on one side, but not on the other. The bottom layer od cedar is still over 1/4” thick. That white line you can see in the corner is not the maple showing thru, it’s a reflection of the light from the flash.

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#8 posted 08-08-2015 10:00 PM

Joe, that’s fantastic. A week for the glue to set up? Unnecessary. I don’t know what you’re using for glue. I use Titebond II, and turn within a couple hours. I use enough for full coverage, rub the pieces together, clamp (or don’t – the suction created by rubbing holds them), and, it’s ready to go in short order. The more glue you use, the longer it takes to stick. The rub/suction thing squeezes out all the unneeded glue, leaving only what’s necessary to form a bond.
I want a tool rest like that.
Your finish looks flawless (he said without holding it in his hands). I recently started using paste wax on top of my, usual, shellac finish. It leaves a smooth-as-a-(your idea of what’s smooth here).
Thank you for reminding me about adding a separate block. I’d forgotten about that.
It’s a shame that, evidently, lacquer’s not available here anymore. So shiny.
So many words. I need a nap.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 08-08-2015 11:45 PM

Nice bowl Joe. You are making me jealous. Maybe soon I will be able to get back to the lathe. I have had a rash of folks wanting some of the things that no one else wants to make. I do enjoy those all the time I am bitching. Keep up the nice interesting projects.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#10 posted 08-09-2015 12:40 PM

Super nice bowl Joe. I like the wood combos and design

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#11 posted 08-09-2015 02:07 PM

Looking good Joe, keep em’ coming !

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#12 posted 08-09-2015 06:04 PM

Such a cool bowl, Joe—maple and walnut are beautiful together. Thanks for posting all those pictures!

-- My mother said that anyone learning to cook needed a large dog to eat the mistakes. As a sculptor of wood I have always tried to keep a fireplace. (Norman Ridenour)

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#13 posted 08-10-2015 12:57 AM

very nice Joe.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#14 posted 08-10-2015 12:54 PM

Thanks all.

I’m really diggin’ this lathe work! Here’s the blank I glued up for the next bowl. It’s five layers. From the top down it’s maple, oak, cedar, oak and maple.


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