First live edge bowl

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Project by MrWoody posted 05-04-2009 10:33 PM 2283 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

6” Dia. X 3 1/4” high Poplar. I learned to use the bowl gouge on this one. The wood was green and the ribbons were flying all over. What fun ! Finished with one coat of boiled linseed oil.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 10:56 PM

Congratulations. Since it’s green, that thing is gonna change shape on you. It might warp and crack. I find that it gives them character. Let’s face it, these things aren’t for your morning cornflakes. I love making natural edged bowls. Probably my favorite thing to turn. I love turning the green stuff more.

Nice bowl. Keep them coming. :)

-- Matt - My Websites - - Hand Tools :: - Small Shops

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 11:39 PM

Looks good well done

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#3 posted 05-05-2009 12:16 AM

They are great fun with a decent bowl gouge and a wonderful way to learn that tool.
You can try dunking them in metanol ( 25%) and dish soap Dawn ( about a up full) in a five gallon pail for a day or so then wrap them in newspaper for a slow dry.

It dosen’t always work but… nothing ventured is nothing gained.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#4 posted 05-05-2009 02:07 AM

Nice looking bowl. Well done

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#5 posted 05-05-2009 02:15 AM

Really nice, and great photos as well!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 05-05-2009 02:58 AM

Great job, The hieght of the two wings are even which means you laid it out accurately before you turned it. Not everyone does that and they end up with one wing or side lower than the other. From the pictures it appears the wall thickness is somewhere around a 1/4 inch. As long as you have an even wall thickness from the top of the rim to the bottom of the bowl it will not crack and warping on a bowl of this type is very minimal. Remember even wall thickness from the top to bottom is key. Good looking piece.

-- Dale

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#7 posted 05-05-2009 04:33 AM

Nice looking natural edge bowl. Great photography as well. I echo what Dale said. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 05-05-2009 06:53 AM

Very , very nice . Good pictures too : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 05-05-2009 11:48 AM

Yes John…ya done good. Very nice go at a natural edge bowl. I really like it.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 05-06-2009 03:05 PM

Nice job John. Looks way too good to be a first…my first would probably be in pieces…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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