Journey into Woodturning #83: Live Edge Failure

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 12-02-2021 03:03 PM 958 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project is just another in a long list of items to turn. A live edge was one of those turns that made me wonder how someone could turn a bowl and leave the bark attached. I got this piece of maple from a garage sale that had been sitting for about 5 years drying. The bark looked good and tight, but the over all size was not great.

I did my best to center the wood for the 3-inch forstner bit to clear a spot for the face plate. I then trimmed up the corners so I could fit on the lathe. It was a little off balance at first and I could not get more then about 750 RPMs to start. Eventually I got it round enough to up the rotation to about 1100.

Mortise was created and shellac was attempted for the first time, to the base of the bowl. I flipped it into the chuck and started carving the inside. I had to sharpen my tool twice turning the base and was about to sharpen it the second time turning the inside when something flew off the lathe.

I turned it off and forced the blank to a stop. My heart sank when I saw a very large portion of the bark was missing. I found a big piece, but there is another section of the bark missing. There was no way to complete the live edge bowl from this point. In fact, I’m not sure what to do with the remaining wood.

Needless to say, the wind was knocked out of my sails and I couldn’t bring myself to continue on. I decided to shelf the wood for maybe a future project. For now, it was time to edit what I had, think about the next project and put this one behind me. Here’s

This weeks video: Live Edge Failure

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#1 posted 12-02-2021 06:03 PM

oh man thats too bad,i hate when i get 3/4 of the way done and a major failure happens.oh well onward.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 12-03-2021 02:36 AM

oh man thats too bad,i hate when i get 3/4 of the way done and a major failure happens.oh well onward.

- pottz

Yup! Nothing left to do but get back on the lathe. Thanks

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