My first bowl, Mesquite. My second bowl, Red Elm.

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Project by DAC posted 06-16-2014 10:25 PM 1448 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first bowl was made from a chunk of Mesquite that I found on the side of the road. Lots of that out here. My second bowl is out of some red elm that I had. Talk about messy. Wood shavings everywhere. Just got a Nova 1624-44 about 2 months ago as woodcraft has these on sale one a year. This year it was $899.00. Not bad for an eight speed lathe but do I wish I could of afforded the DVR version. Oh well. The red elm turned easy. For a finish on the mesquite and the red elm I used MASTERPIECE WOOD FINISH. This is their new 3 step oil/wax finishing system. No stains or dyes were used. I followed the instructions to the letter with the mesquite. With the red elm I sanded the second step to 600 grit before applying step 3 and the shine was better. I also tried the finish on a piece of cocobolo to a disappointing end. The cocobolo is was to tight of a grain for this finish. I sanded on three separate areas. one with 180 grit. one with 600 grit and one with 1500 grit. No matter what I tried I could not get a finish that was worthy of this wood.
The finish though was excellent on the red elm and a good sanding to a finer grit is best before and after you apply step 2 if going to step 3. you can stop at step 2 if you like what you see and if you want shinier then go to step 3. The manufacturer does state to use scotchbrite 0000 on step 2 if not smooth enough. Kind of open ended suggestion as what is smooth to me may not be smooth to you.

Any way the finishes came out good in my estimate. I hope the bowls are worthy. I added button feet on the red elm bowl. that was to hide the screw holes I used to mount the chunk of wood. next time I will read the instructions and mount the wood correctly to the chuck.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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#1 posted 06-16-2014 10:58 PM

Firstly they are certainly worthy…. in fact 3 more picures would do them credit.


From my experience in non lathe work the higher the grit the better the shine will be.
Dont be surprised if the next day it appears that the “fairys” have removed the finish and it has almost all been absorbed.

You may want to take a look at the work BobWemm in Western Australia does, he used 400Grit and Shellawax and it was mirror finish appearance, he is also a bowl Wiz, I certainly am not.


OMG!!!!!! Plum Tree Bowls

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 01:14 AM

Very nice first and second bowls, you have done a great job…..thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 06-18-2014 05:15 PM

Thank you for the words of encouragement. I was out of the loop for a while as I recently moved from California to Nevada. it took me about 8 months to get the shop back up as I had other things that needed doing first. The move though was a good excuse to buy a new table saw and a wood lathe. I bought a Baileigh Cabinet Saw TS-1040E-50. I like it a lot and of course a Nova 1624-44 lathe. I am now beginning to make more sawdust and enjoying the experience.

-- Wood is a zen like experiance.

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