50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #16: Could have been firewood

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 04-22-2019 02:03 PM 453 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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About 2 years ago, a friend had an oak tree taken down, and she brought me a big chunk of trunk. With a neighbor’s help (and his chainsaw), I got a couple blanks out of it. One chunk felt too big to throw on the firewood pile, so I have been tripping over it for the last two years. I finally decided to turn it into something.

While I had rough turned the green blanks and Anchorsealed them, this chunk just air dried, and quickly. There were quite a few small cracks that I filled with sawdust and CA. Thin CA and activator – where had this been all my life?

Sanded to 400 and finished with Clapham’s Salad Bowl finish. I really like this finish; it penetrates nicely, yields a really nice soft sheen, and it smells really good.

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#1 posted 04-22-2019 05:17 PM

Wow, really nice bowl. I wish I had room in my little shop for a lathe – I’d love to make bowls from wood I harvest from our woodland property. Looks like the CA did the trick, too!

-- Just make the cut

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#2 posted 04-22-2019 08:52 PM

@Noel – this bowl could have been made on a mini lathe that you could move around and store in a small shop. Don’t let that stop you :)

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#3 posted 04-23-2019 12:21 AM

cool, simple bowl.

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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