Going Natural

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Blog series by jeffthewoodwacker updated 04-29-2009 04:32 AM 2 parts 3891 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: Natural edge bowls - how I do them

04-28-2009 03:50 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 9 comments »

I turn a lot of natural edge bowls and vessels and have picked up many tricks over the years to make the process easier. I am also have made many mistakes – all of which I am glad to pass along. The first thing that I do is select the wood that I plan on turning. This is a chunk of honey locust saved from the chipper service. This piece is 20 inches tall and 18 inches in diameter and will yield two bowl blanks. A quick cut with the chain saw gives me two blanks for bowl...

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Part 2: Finishing the project

04-29-2009 04:32 AM by jeffthewoodwacker | 4 comments »

Once I have the natural edge vessel turned and sanded to my satisfaction I apply finish while it is still on the lathe. When the finish is completely dry it is time to take the piece off the lathe and finish the base. I use a very simple jam chuck set up to hold the vessel in place. There is nothing fancy about the jam chuck – a piece of hard maple turned into a cylinder with a rounded nose. I attached a piece of bubble wrap to the nose with a rubber band – simple but e...

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