Cherry bowl, the wood, not fruit.

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Project by DKane posted 08-06-2015 04:38 AM 1156 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bowl I finished tonight. Still learning on the lathe, but enjoying most of it! Nice piece of cherry that cleaned up real well. Hope you guys enjoy, and any pointers on how to get better are always appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-06-2015 01:13 PM

Nice and clean. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#2 posted 08-06-2015 06:22 PM

Sweet little bowl, and welcome I’m sure you will love it here. There are many turners here that I’m sure will help ya out. Have fun

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#3 posted 08-06-2015 06:28 PM

I looked real close and the only thing I can see is the inside needed a bit more sanding (yeah, I HATE that part too!)

Nice bowl !

And WELCOME to LJs !

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#4 posted 08-06-2015 10:29 PM

Nice bowl, that cherry has some beautiful grain to it. I’ll second the more sanding on the inside bit, it takes a lot of work, but especially make sure you spend enough time on each grit to get some of those lines to be less visible.

-- Matthew, Columbia - South Carolina ----- Jesus was a carpenter...

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#5 posted 08-07-2015 12:49 AM

Hey thanks for the kind words. I will definitely spend a little more time on the sanding on the next one.

Do you guys use a power sander or just do it by hand? I would think a power sander would work well, but where does one find one small enough?

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#6 posted 08-07-2015 12:53 AM

Good start.

I think the inside bottom needed a little more tool work before sanding. Use a real sharp round nose scraper to make the very fine clean up cuts. The center of the bottom appears high in the picture. It takes some patience to get in level….unless you want a high center. The third picture also shows some “ghosts” of tool or sanding marks that should be removed.
For good sanding you really need to work through the grit grades, probably from 100, 150, 180, 220, 320 and even 400 if you want a super fine finish. I prefer Norton’s 3X sand paper. It lasts longer and has an even grit size. If you have a wood with a lot of tear out on the end grains I even resort 60 or 80 grit at times to clean it up. Don’t sand at a high speed or you can burn cherry wood, also slower speed sanding reduces the chances of scratches from a stray piece of grit….keep the sand paper moving all the time. Some times you just have to sand by hand with the grain to clean it up.

You did not ask about a finish. Cherry will darken in time and especially if an oil finish is used….It will eventually get very dark. I like to use a hard finish like Behlen’s or General’s salad bowl finish. Three or 4 coats with light sanding between coats (320 or 400 grit). They are both very hard and food safe after they dry for 72 hours. Sealing cherry like that will also slow down the darkening of the wood.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 08-07-2015 04:33 AM

Wow thanks Les. I will definitely take your advice and try that on my next project. I never thought about the speed at which to sand but it makes perfect sense.

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#8 posted 08-07-2015 05:04 AM

Looks like a really nice bowl, keep up the good work.

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