Hip to be Square

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Project by jeffthewoodwacker posted 04-27-2009 02:28 AM 1342 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request for a square edge bowl and turned this out of what used to be an oak fireplace mantel that I salvaged out of an old house that was being demolished. This square edge bowl is 6” long and 4” wide and is turned down to less than 1/8” thick at the outside edge. The bottom of the vessel is 1 3/4” across and the wall thickness of the bowl section is 3/16” inch thick. When I turn square edge pieces I crank the lathe up and let it run as fast as it will go. It does get exciting as the outer edge gets thin enough to flex. One should keep ones body parts away from the sharp corners as they spin – trust me on this! I sanded all the way down to 800 grit and applied several coats of wipe on poly. Let it dry for a couple of days and put it on the Beall wheel. The oak has some great grain character on it.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 04-27-2009 03:10 AM

Very interesting piece! Definitely different. ;-)

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#2 posted 04-27-2009 06:45 AM

Very cool. Tthat last photo looks like a topographical map!

-- Scott

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#3 posted 04-27-2009 07:45 PM

Very neat turning. Looks like fun. Hazardous, but fun.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 04-28-2009 02:28 AM

very different looks cool


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