50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #36: Striped bowl

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 08-13-2019 01:15 PM 783 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 35: End of Day platter Part 36 of 50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 series Part 37: Another apple and resin bowl »

This piece was inspired by a Youtube video where the turner (apologies I don’t remember their name or channel) pattern routed a curving cut between halves of a blank and glued multiple strips of contrasting veneer into the space to make their final blank. I went simple with this one and just did a diagonal cut on the band saw, cleaned up the faces and glued in simple, thicker strips for contrast.

Since I didn’t have a lot of thickness to work with, I roughed out the side profile, flattened the back and hot glued a faceplate + block to it, then hollowed the bowl and finished the sides. Knocked off the glue block and then held the top against a larger wood block + faceplate with the tailstock and cleaned the glue off the back. Final sanded the back off the lathe with a ROS.

White oak with walnut and maple stripes. Finish is Clapham’s Salad Bowl Finish.

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#1 posted 09-03-2019 03:11 AM

Nice looking bowl

-- Vince

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#2 posted 09-03-2019 12:44 PM

@Vince – thank you!

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#3 posted 01-27-2022 10:41 AM

Wood is a complex material. The wood grains are as much part of this as the porosities and the material. For a visual inspection, the furniture needs to be scanned. We found the best way was to use a high-end desktop system with a Heidenhain CCD scanner. The image resolution is in the range of 12 to 14 ┬Ám. The mesh resolution can reach 1.2 mm at the highest level of details and here is easier to writers for hire at site. That’s a lot of details for a simple furniture part!

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