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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #29: Life is just a chair of bowlies

07-22-2019 05:16 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

With apologies to Mary Engelbreit. Still working through a cherry log gifted to me by a neighbor ~3 years ago. I wanted to work on replicating work as a skill builder, as trying to make three “identical” bowls for my board and bowl piece didn’t go great. I made the first bowl after making sure I had more than 4 blanks roughly the same size. I then make a template / gauge for the side profile. Pretty simple turning. 4 matching bowls took me 6 total bowls; one was too sm...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #26: You give me wood, I give you bowls

07-08-2019 08:03 PM by mnguy | 1 comment »

A neighbor gave me a cherry log a couple years ago, ~6” x 4’ long. I thought it was already pretty dry, so did nothing to seal the end grain. Whoops – major cracks in every 6” long section I cut. Fortunately, the cracks were all pretty much radial through one half, so I was able to split the sections along the cracks and get two similar size blanks out of each log section. The result so far is these bowls. ~4.25” diameter. The plank is made from oak fl...

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How to turn a bowl on a FREAKING TABLE SAW!

07-27-2017 09:27 PM by StumpyNubs | 9 comments »

Hand a friend one of these bowls and see if he can figure out how you made it without a lathe! Fun project! View on YouTube Subscribe to Stumpy Nubs Woodworking Journal- our free monthly digital magazine, and WIN FREE TOOLS!

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Lidded Boxes #15: Beall Buffing System for Finish Wax Coat

12-20-2016 08:16 PM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

My experience prior to this huge project was I had only turned two bowls plus I performed a test to see if I could turn a lidded bowl with a scrap piece of Douglas Fir. Those two bowls I turned was nearly a year ago and after I had taken a Woodcraft lidded box class at my local store. The instruction was great. Getting personal attention let me know how delicate cuts are needed at times. We were given instructions on how to sharpen the turning chisels, but that skill was not acquired until ...

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Lidded Boxes #13: Soft Maple Lidded Box

12-17-2016 05:21 AM by HappyHowie | 0 comments »

I turned another lidded box today. It was from a large block of soft maple. I have some more sanding to do on its very top; the box’s lid. This spot is where I turned the top to a small nub. I chose to remove the nub with a hand saw. I then cleaned up the remaining wood with a sharp hand chisel. Tomorrow I will sand it more through several grades of grit. The last lidded box that I hope to work on tomorrow is African mahogany. I did work on it some today. I bored through ...

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Lidded Boxes #8: More Bowl Work and Finally Some Work on Lidded Boxes

12-12-2016 03:09 AM by HappyHowie | 1 comment »

Today I partially turned the bubinga wood block. In this image I have just made the blank round so I can next begin to turn its tenon, or foot. For its design or shape I wanted to make the bowl are large as i could with respect to its diameter; the base and its top. I bought this bubinga block because I was so impressed with the first bubinga bowl that I turned the other day. This is the last bowl blank I have in my shop. It is the seventh bowl i am turning. As I think it about it ...

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Cherry Burls for sale #1: Barn-dried cherry burls

06-12-2015 10:28 PM by PaulN | 3 comments »

I’ve been cutting wood for years and saving the cherry burls in my barn. I have about 18 of them ranging between 8 inches to 36 inches, mostly 10 to 15 years trying. I can send pictures for serious buyers. I also have 16+ cherry boards 6 to 10 feet long, 3/4 thick planed in 6 to 12” widths that have been drying in woodstove heated basement for many decades. Time to get rid of it. I live in NW Massachusetts. Please email me if you want further information. PaulNkingd...

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Segmented bowl base ring cracks??

03-10-2014 01:46 PM by poospleasures | 7 comments »

I ask for your comments and suggestions about a opportunity (problem) with a couple similar bowls. Both made from walnut and maple. One about 11 1/2” other 13”. History—have been doing segmented bowls for just over a year with this cracking only on these two. I hope you can see the two joints with the yellow circles. Those joints separated by appx. .0003th of an inch. If held up to a light you could see through. These were made the same way as almost all the bowls I’ve...

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The old time woodshop journals #46: A book worth more than just shavings

01-22-2014 10:00 PM by jjw5858 | 4 comments »

What book is that? Oh, it is the rereleased printing of Wille Sundqvist’s “Swedish Carving Techniques” For a few years now this fine book has become a sort of cult classic and being that this book was out of print the powers that be that did have it for sale were sure to put a hefty price tag on it. I have seen copies in various condition ranging anywhere from $150-$500…..yeah…..It pays to wait. Finally about 8 months or so back this book by popular demand ...

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The hikers search for birch

11-26-2012 10:20 PM by jjw5858 | 3 comments »

Our hike began with a sense of fun and small adventure through a parade of awaiting sticker bushes and many fallen trees laid out before us like a maze of dominoes in there felled awkward patterns. I felt so blessed to have my father leading the way down the slopes of leaves and enjoying his memories about the hillside with so many tales from his experienced 75 years. We were up for taking a chance at finding some birch wood for spoons and kuksa, not much of the fine tree stands in the cur...

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