Black Walnut bowl

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Project by rockmolsen posted 10-02-2014 12:34 AM 1486 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I purchased 2 black walnut bowl blanks, I had the first one about 75% done, had a catch and snapped the tenon right at the chuck. It flew off and hit in me in my shield so I was glad I had it on! The second one came out close to perfect, probably my best bowl to date. Its about 9” x 3”. I used a combination of walnut oil and bees wax for the finish. I tried a new finishing technique that I heard about recently. I cut a 2” round green scrubby and it attached to a 2 ” hook and loop flexible sanding pad on an electric drill, I ran this over all the surface with the bowl spinning on the lathe at about 1000 rpm. I sanded prior to that to 320 grit. I like this better than some of the friction finishes I’ve used previously. A nice piece of Walnut has so much character !

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 10-02-2014 01:07 AM


Nice bowl work!

Take care getting hit by walnuts is not funny getting hit by the tree even worse.

May I ask how much the blanks cost?

Trying to buy a piece of walnut that size in AUS is nearly impossible even if you had the loot.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 10-02-2014 01:57 AM

Thanks – I always fine fault it my projects but this one I was happy with everything.

They were actually seconds from a company in Vermont the does bowls and sells both in shops and wholesale. I don’t recall why they rejected the 2 I got but as you can see the one turned out great but there was a small crack check near the rim. I paid $30ea for the !0” blanks and they were kiln dried, had a moisture content of about 9%.

I have a friend who will be cutting down a black walnut very soon and I will be there getting as much of that as I can store!

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#3 posted 10-02-2014 03:36 AM

very nice looking bowl!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#4 posted 10-02-2014 11:38 AM

Nice Bowl!

-- John, South Dakota

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