Journey into Woodturning #58: Potpourri Pot

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 05-18-2021 02:33 PM 837 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 57: No chuck, faceplate, glue block or worm screw... make a plate on a lathe Part 58 of Journey into Woodturning series Part 59: Jewelry Box »

This project was a down and dirty quick show case of the lathe and turning. I had a friend over and wanted to see a project completed. I thought a potpourri bowl was a quick introduction to woodturning.

I picked up a piece of 5×4 bowl blank ribbon sapele for this project. After getting it round on the lathe, it exposed some very pretty grain. My friend and I discussed the various spaces and came to the conclusion, anything designer would take away from the beautiful grain. So straight sides it was, to showcase the woods greatest features.

Ribbon sapele has never let me down and this piece was no different. From top to bottom the wood turned great and the shine of the natural luster was fantastic. Adding the O.B. Shine Juice was just a capper to the wood.

I could have taken more time and hollowed out the inside, but I thought I would try something different. I used a forstner bit to create a large cavity for the potpourri to reside. This allowed me to finish the project quicker and allow my friend to see the finial piece sooner.

However, I cut the top for the lid a little to short or small. I thought I was finished, but had to re-chuck the bowl and make the opening a touch bigger. Didn’t take long and the lid fit perfectly. I guess that’s the price you pay for going quick.

Here’s this weeks video: Sapele Potpourri Pot


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