Rough Out Maple Bowls

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Project by DaveDelo posted 06-25-2014 09:05 PM 1496 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just an update to the maple log project I recently posted. Got 14 bowls from it and filled up 5-42 gallon garbage bags of shavings. Didn’t use one section of the log that had about 8 different branches sticking out. Thought I would get some nice figure from it but it was just a bunch of knots. All these will be twice turned except for the one pictured with all the bark inclusions. Turned that one to 1/4” and whatever happens, so be it. Small bowl is 6” with a couple 8’s and then the rest are in the 10” to 12” range. Range in depth from 3.5” to 5”. All in paper bags waiting for mother nature to work.

Learned the value of having the correct bandsaw blade for green wood in making the blanks. Got the woodturner blade from Highland and it made the roughing process much easier and less time consuming getting round on the lathe. Used 3/8” & 1/2” bowl gouges for most of the work but I did use the full size EWT finisher at the bottom of the bowl for final depth and flattening out the bottom milling. Hadn’t done it that way before and kind of liked the way it worked out.

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 11:57 AM

Nice lot you have there, hope they turn out when completed.

-- John, South Dakota

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 06:14 PM

Nice work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 07:31 PM

Thanks… I need to find a couple more logs.

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 07:38 PM

Awesome. So this is that tree stump you posted the other day ?

Interest project. What step is next. Varnishing? You have spoons too? :P

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 09:47 PM

Yes, that’s the log. Used all sections except the one that had all the branch stubs. Next step is wait and then wait some more. Change the bags in a week or two and with theses sizes, I’ll take out of the bags and put them on a wire rack stand sometime in September and final turn them in December.

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