Journey into Woodturning #89: Candy Dish from Macassar Ebony

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 01-18-2022 03:04 PM 632 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was based on grabbing a piece of wood and saying, what can I make with this. The wood I grabbed was Macassar Ebony. It is a very dark wood with even darker streaks. It didn’t take long after starting to work with the wood to realize the hardness of the species.

The design was to make a wide rim shallow bowl, from the 2×6x6 piece. This wasn’t a huge chunk of wood, but it would end up looking great. I tried to put a nice flowing swell from the base to the top that flared out to a sharp rim. I think I achieved the look I was going for, but it’s a very small bowl.

The only real issue I had turning was the temperature. It was 9°F (or -13°C) and my garage is not heated or insulated. It was very cold, to say the least. I have a small space heater, but at these temperatures it struggles to keep up. I think the finish was great, but could have been better in warmer conditions. The finish was so smooth and the wood so dark, the kids thought it was made of plastic.

Here is this weeks video: Candy Dish


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