turnings #8: red oak "70's ashtray" - square edge bowl turning

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Gary Fixler posted 08-20-2009 02:04 AM 4784 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: ~9" wide face grain Jacaranda bowl rough Part 8 of turnings series Part 9: A turned Jacaranda bowler hat »

I found a nice 5’ piece of red oak at Home Depot that was a bit odd in hue, having more depth to its grain than what I usually see there. I had visions of turning some square plates, so I snagged it:

red oak plank

red oak plank closeup

I really slacked off on pics of this turning. This is the only one:

birch squares being glued to red oak panels for chucking in lathe and turning into flat dishes

In it, I’ve cut the end from the plank to square it up and remove the chipped edges. Then I cut 2 pieces off as long as the plank was wide (7-1/4”). Then I cut some squares of birch from a length of scrap and carefully aligned them, center-to-center, gluing them to the red oak panels with Titebond II glue. I used a piece of birch to clamp them and did them one at a time as it only needed a half hour to be ready for unclamping. More than a full day later, they were ready. I’ve only turned one so far, but I made another time-lapse out of all of he separate processes:

There’s still more work. The finish applied above is Zinsser SealCoat, which is dewaxed shellac in a 2lbs cut. I only did that to see how it would look. I’d not yet ever shellacked oak. It still needs to be buffed up and topcoated, the bottom sanded up a lot to round the bowl a bit more and lift it up off the ground, and the bottom block needs to first be cut and chiseled away. I’m considering cutting large semicircles out of the edges with the band saw to give more of an impression of arched legs, like The Encounter restaurant building at LAX, and to better show off the suspended bowl bottom. I supposed I’ve tired a bit of the square shape in the 10 days since turning it.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

7 comments so far

View Jimi_C's profile


507 posts in 4575 days

#1 posted 08-20-2009 03:45 AM

Those time-lapse videos are amazing! That really makes me want to get a lathe.

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

View BeachedBones's profile


201 posts in 4743 days

#2 posted 08-20-2009 03:55 AM

nice project, I love the time-lapse.

-- You know.... I think that old wood needs to be furniture.

View a1Jim's profile


118309 posts in 4918 days

#3 posted 08-20-2009 04:46 AM

Gary I’m shcked I never thought you bought wood. cool turning.


View Gary Fixler's profile

Gary Fixler

1001 posts in 4722 days

#4 posted 08-20-2009 06:11 AM

Jim – I know! It’s been awhile. It felt weird. I used to spend tons on wood, until I realized I can do a lot of playing just from the things that fall down here in the city.

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

View scrappy's profile


3507 posts in 4771 days

#5 posted 08-20-2009 09:11 AM

Gary, Great design. If you want a higher lift, with prominent arches, I saw one somewhere that was 3 sided.(triangle). That gave the edges a lot more arch and the bowl bottom was prominent. I think that one was a candle holder.

Just an idea I have been kicking around. (still have a small piece of my zebrawood to use on something)

Thanks for posting. Great video.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

View Gary Fixler's profile

Gary Fixler

1001 posts in 4722 days

#6 posted 08-21-2009 09:56 AM

scrappy – Triangles sound like fun!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

View Napaman's profile


5535 posts in 5418 days

#7 posted 08-25-2009 05:57 AM

oooh…i like the triangle idea…gary very nice!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics