50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #12: Youtube inspiration

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 04-03-2019 07:40 PM 221 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Baby boom - another rattle Part 12 of 50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 series Part 13: Walnut rattle »

I have become a bit addicted to Gord Rock’s Youtube channel. I find his level of explanation, his dry humor and his pacing much to my liking. The fact he has the same Nova lathe as I do also helps :).

He has posted videos making a couple shallow bowls / platters from ~8/4 planks, where he edge glues them to get a bigger diameter blank. I liked the look of the form he made, and I had length of 8/4 white oak left over from a project making a new threshold for friends’ back door, several years ago. The board had very straight grain, making for a blank where the joint between the halves is fairly well hidden. This bowl will now be a birthday present for one of those friends who have the rest of this plank under their back door.

I used an Easy Wood Tools 2” radius ‘rougher’ cutter with negative rake for finishing cuts on the flat surfaces. Wow! That cutter made a big difference in how smooth I was able to get before sanding. I am also getting comfortable running higher RPM’s, which obviously helps get a smoother finish.

I also used a new finish; Clapham’s Salad Bowl finish. It went on nicely, and was easy to rub into the larger pores of the oak, and buffed out to a nice, satin sheen. I look forward to seeing the finish on some walnut.

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