Walnut and poplar fruit bowl

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Project by GCIMark posted 09-25-2015 04:41 PM 1640 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my fourth segmented fruit bowl. This was the biggest one so far. It is 12” in diameter at the top and 6” tall. It was made to the customers dimensions. The bowl is removable from the stand. The custom made fastener (shown in one of the pictures) screws into a threaded insert in the bottom of the bowl.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#1 posted 09-25-2015 04:49 PM

Outstanding segment turning work on this bowl! Stand looks pretty good too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-25-2015 05:08 PM

Very nice. I like the banana hook, that is a good idea.

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#3 posted 09-25-2015 05:49 PM


-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 09-25-2015 09:20 PM

Very interesting how the the joints between the segments look almost like mortar between bricks or tiles.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#5 posted 09-26-2015 01:25 AM

You’ve done a real nice job with this one Mark, a nice stand to accompany it

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 09-26-2015 01:28 AM

This is so beautiful!!!! Was it hard to make? I would really like to learn to do something like this!!


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#7 posted 09-26-2015 01:48 AM

To me it’s more difficult than turning a bowl from a solid block of wood and definitely much more time consuming. With a little trial and error I have come up with some techniques for cutting and assembling the pieces to make the rings and for stacking and gluing the rings together. I guess the toughest part of this bowl is the ring of small Poplar blocks with spaces between each block – near there top.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#8 posted 09-26-2015 12:55 PM

Very nice indeed. I was wondering if the spaces at the top caught the tool as you turned it..

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#9 posted 09-26-2015 01:19 PM

The first time I tried one of these I had problems. I knocked several of the little blocks completely out. A couple of them I found on the floor but some I didn’t and had to cut new ones and glue them all back in. I think the problem was, in a effort to minimize squeeze out, I didn’t put enough glue on the ends of each little block. On this one I didn’t spare the glue and it did squeeze out. When the “squeeze out” firmed up I used an Exacto knife to trim it off. That was pretty time consuming but that step took less time than repairing the previous one did. This one turned like a champ. The coolest thing about turning the section of little blocks is the sound it makes. It is distinctly different. Much more high pitched. The sound coming off the tool changes immediately as you move onto the blocks. It’s almost like it’s talking to you. The one I messed up and had to repair, I could tell by the change in the sound it was making that I had created a problem. I just didn’t know what the problem was till I stopped the lathe.

-- Mark, North Carolina

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#10 posted 09-26-2015 03:28 PM

Very beautiful.


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#11 posted 09-26-2015 08:21 PM

Mark, you did a beautiful job on this.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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