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

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 07-22-2019 05:16 PM 334 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 28: Another square bowl Part 29 of 50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 series Part 30: Apple bowl »

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 small diameter by the time I turned off all the bark, and the other had the rim chip out along an invisible crack, so I had to turn it down in height to salvage something. In the end, I got very similar edge profiles, diameters from 4 7/8” – 5”, and all with a 2” height.

Finish is Shellax over EEE.

I am REALLY enjoying the challenge of coming up with 50 projects – I was initially worried I would run out of ideas. Not an issue. I went to a local cabinet shop that also sells hardwood, and sells offcuts. Five minutes looking over the bins of offcuts and I had 5 project ideas and the material to make them :)



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