My lathe journeys. #37: ... Salad bowl? or Bean pot?

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 08-30-2015 12:39 AM 1522 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 36: ... Dang! That was a hard "catch" ! Part 37 of My lathe journeys. series Part 38: ... Replaced the lathe handle I broke. »

This is the biggest bowl (size-wise) that I’ve made yet to date. It’s just over 5” deep but it’s just a bit more than 1” wider than that other “bean pot” I turned. This one is layered (top to bottom) with maple, oak, cedar, oak, and maple. Wiped a coat of BLO on it before spraying it with about 6 coats of rattle-can lacquer. Here’s several angles of the finished product.




AFTER I had glued up the slices of wood, I noticed the bottom piece of maple had a little crack in it …
DAG-NABIT! So I forced a bit of Superglue in it and used a clamp to close it up, hoping beyond all hope that just MAYBE it wouldn’t show after it was done. No such luck. You gotta look close, right at the center of the bottom. It’s almost not noticeable, but I can see it! Oh well. No body’s perfect :-)

Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed.

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#1 posted 08-30-2015 12:52 AM

I wouldn’t worry about that tiny crack, it’s very pretty and the crack gives it character.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#2 posted 08-30-2015 01:14 AM

I love the bowl Joe, all of your work is beautiful. I hope you don’t mind a friendly suggestion on finishes. I discovered quite by accident that there are certain finishes, walnut oil for example, that are “food friendly” IE if you finish a kitchen product with them it’s safe to use them with food. I don’t know if your lacquer is safe or not, but I think it would be worth looking into.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#3 posted 08-30-2015 02:20 AM

Still turned out great. Cool choice of wood used.

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

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#4 posted 08-30-2015 03:50 AM

Joe, your tempting to start thinking about a lathe. I’ve not been a big fan of them, but your causing me to rethink myself.

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#5 posted 08-30-2015 05:58 AM

Very nice, Joe. And, apropos of what Jerry said: Shellac is food-safe. As far as I know, so is lacquer. But then what would I know? Lacquer’s illegal in California now. Certainly, polyurethane (WOP) is food-safe – everything they sell at the grocery is wrapped, sealed, and otherwise packaged in it.
One other thing: What crack? Is it not “artistic expressions of the naturally occurring imperfections of the mundane reality”?

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-30-2015 07:49 AM

Maybe the pot isn’t perfect (I can’t see it), but you are Joe. :)


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#7 posted 08-30-2015 12:06 PM

A super fine looking bowl Joe. I believe any finish is food safe as long as it is cured.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 08-30-2015 05:50 PM


You have come along way in turning. You done good.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#9 posted 08-31-2015 03:15 PM

Very nice, Joe. I like to see projects that give me ideas. I see one like this in my future.

-- 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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#10 posted 08-31-2015 04:02 PM

Nice! Love the finish!!

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

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#11 posted 09-01-2015 10:39 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. I do think I’m getting better with time, but I feel I still have a long way to go. Bonnie says it’s because I’m “Too anal” :-)

The crack almost looks like a hair is stuck to the wood (bottom layer, just to the right of center in that last pic) It’s “ALMOST” not noticeable, but I see it every time I pick up the bowl.

(And Bonnie says “So STOP picking up the bowl, you big dummy!” )

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