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Journey into Woodturning #71: Ironwood Bowl

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 08-24-2021 02:15 PM 557 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 70: 50,000 Year Old Wood Part 71 of Journey into Woodturning series Part 72: Ambrosia Platter »

This project started off as strictly having the opportunity to work with Ironwood. After seeing the orange color of the wood and the dark inner wood, I got excited to see what it would turn out to look like. Plus, for the size of wood, it was very heavy. So far, the heavier the wood has been the more luster it has produced.

It did not take long for the luster to expose itself. As I was turning it the wood seemed to shine on its own without any finish. The transition between the orange and dark wood was flawless.

However, the dark wood appeared to have a glue-like sap. The screw heads from the faceplate snapped off when I attempted to remove them. The screws were locked in tight. I had to drill along both sides of each screw and attempt another extraction with a vise grip to screw them out.

Unfortunately, I broke a small drill bit before switching to a thicker bit. I had to extract the broken drill bit. I was not completely convinced the drill bit come out entirely, so I used a carbide tool just in case. I am glad I did, because there was a small tip of the bit still in the wood.

After digging out beyond the screw holes I changes to traditional tools and hogged out the inside of the bowl. Before I realized it, I was much deeper than I expected. I stopped short enough from punching through, but it was rather thin on the bottom.

As I finished with the friction polish, the heat of the shine juice caused the wood to flex and a crack appeared. I don’t think the bowl will hold water. I may try and seal the crack, but have not decided on a final solution as of yet.

Here’s this weeks video: Ironwood Bowl



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woodshopnerdery

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#1 posted 08-24-2021 06:26 PM

Nice video. Love the music. I don’t know anything about turning so this could be a crazy suggestion, but for the too thin bottom could you remove it entirely within the tenon? Then could the hole could be filled with another piece of decorative wood, or maybe epoxy and returned and re-finished? Might be an opportunity to add an additional decorative element.

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#2 posted 08-24-2021 06:46 PM



Nice video. Love the music. I don t know anything about turning so this could be a crazy suggestion, but for the too thin bottom could you remove it entirely within the tenon? Then could the hole could be filled with another piece of decorative wood, or maybe epoxy and returned and re-finished? Might be an opportunity to add an additional decorative element.

- woodshopnerdery

Yes that is absolutely a possible solution and one I have used before, which turned out great. I hate to get rid of the pretty wood, but a nice contrasting wood could make it look better. Thanks for watching.

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