Square turning

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Project by LesB posted 12-30-2008 09:07 PM 1766 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a “square” bowl I made from Sycamore. The idea came from Woodworkers Journal about 3 years ago. The difficult part is getting the square blank centered on the chuck and then preventing tear out on the corners while turning. The technique for preventing tear out is to glue sacrificial pieces of wood to each side of corners and cutting them off after you are finished. One improvement I made but do not have a picture of is to cut a small grove on the top side between the “bowl” and the base. It gives a better illusion of a bowl setting in a separate base. This piece is 6’ square and 2” tall without the lid on. I have made others as large as 9”X3”
I will post a picture of three others in another entry.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-31-2008 12:09 AM

Cool! Great job!

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#2 posted 12-31-2008 01:25 AM

Very unique. I really like the way this piece looks with the lid. I see what you mean about the line around the base of the bowl.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-31-2008 05:36 AM

Looks like a fun project. Thanks for sharing, Les.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 03:11 AM

I like how you incorporated square and round in the same bowl. This is one of the nicest unique bowls that I have seen. Well done keep up the good work.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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