Staved Bowl, Purpleheart and Maple

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Project by scrappy posted 09-07-2009 10:58 PM 5641 views 6 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Her is the first “Staved Bowl” I have tried. It actually wasn’t that bad.

Made a jig for the tablesaw to cut all the pieces the same,(they weren’t) Then Sanded to get them closer to perfect (still not, but close enough). Used tape on the glue joints and glued together in half circles. Afer dried, re-sanded to be straight edged and parralel, glued 2 halves together. Re-sanded top and bottom for flatness, glued together all 3 layers.

Had to improvize a clamp to hold all layers at once. Put it upside down on the drill press with a block on bottom. Cranked handle down and weighted to hold overnight. When I put the weight on the handle, more glue oozed out so I guese it was tight enough.

Turned with scrap block glued to bottom. Turned a JAM chuck for the top, put the live center against bottom, and turned bottom to a 1/8 post in center. Chisled flat after removeing from lathe.

Sanded to 400 grit then used 0000 steel wool. Wet with miniral oil and sanded again with 0000. While still on lathe.

3 coats of wipe on poly with 0000 in between. for now 2 coats of finishing wax, rubbed on and buffed with wheel in the drill press. Will be adding at least 1 more coat of wax. Shinniest thing I have made so far.

One of the hardest parts was figureing out the angle to cut the staves. First set cut at 22 1/2deg. Found out with a compound angle (miter pluss angle) this didn’t work. Back to the machinest handbook for a geometry lesson. Even after getting the angle proper, My saw did not cut all of them the same. (I hate blade woble!)
Had to fudge with them to get them to match up.

Used a sled to cut the thin stips. One or two of those are not the same thickness either. Noticed that AFTER glued up. Too late to fix so just sanded a little more.

Woods used: Purple Heart, Maple,main body and top, and Box Elder bottom.

Please leave all comments and suggestions. I am trying to learn new things and would appreciate all critczm, good or bad.

Thank you for looking. Hope you enjoyed it as much as I did makeing it.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 11:07 PM

That is beautiful work.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 11:13 PM

Jeez thats cool, I would have not have the required patience to even attempt something like that, great work!

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 11:30 PM

what makes you think ,
we believe you are a beginner ?
with work like this ,
you got to be a pro !

i think you are on the lamb ,
hiding behind scrappy’s profile !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 11:31 PM

Whoa, that’s a beauty! Great design and workmanship!! Super!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 11:51 PM

i agree with David, you are an impostor. must be.

I admire your nerves…. after all this work cutting and gluing, to start turning… my current ratio is about 1:3 (firewood:bowls)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 11:51 PM

Scrappy, You lost me somewhere around “Staved Bowl” . All I know is it turned out great. I really like the design of your lay-up and the shape is really nice. I think you’ve found your niche. Thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#7 posted 09-08-2009 12:10 AM

Very cool. Turnings like this always impress me. Great job!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#8 posted 09-08-2009 12:29 AM

One of these days…......... I know, I keep saying that. But, one of these days I wll get back in my home workshop and do one of these stave bowls. Scrappy, You outdone yourself again. That is a fantastic looking bowl.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#9 posted 09-08-2009 12:31 AM

Scrappy, it came out great.

Purpleheart and maple are my favorite combo of wood.

What is the size of the bowl?

Another noce job

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 01:18 AM

She’s a beauty, Scrappy!! I’m not a turner, but I know what I like, and this one has a lot of grace. Don’t be so harsh on yourself! I don’t think anybody is sitting, with magnifying glass in hand, examining the widths of the maple, to see if they’re all exactly equal. At least I hope they’re not… :)
It looks fantastic!! Great Job! And as a Good Man says around here frequently, “Keep it up!!” :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 01:23 AM

You done did good, even if it was a lot of trouble.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 01:30 AM

That came out just beautiful!

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

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#13 posted 09-08-2009 03:05 AM

Scrappy..your turnings are getting better and better…That bowl turned out very cool…Its got great shape and the staves and the contrasts are excellent. You cant go wrong with Purple Heart and Maple …They make the most interesting contrasts. I have a staved vessel I just finished of that same material….right now I am sanding it up for the finish.

I like the bowl idea. You might be able to use the jig that I use for the staved vessels…you would just need to add a piece to support the bowl lip (I would just add a extra level of MDF cut at a mitre). Here is a link if you are interested.

I also use this area to make the calculations (it also has the formula for calculating the Diameter and radius…these make the other calcs – for the complex mitre a bit easier)....

Its great watching all the turners here on LJ’s…there is a lot of great talent…great ideas….and good execution. It gives me great inspiration….now I just need to get the time to brew up some nice turning material. I just ordered some cocobolo and can’t wait till it gets here….hopefully lots of nice turning material…

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#14 posted 09-08-2009 04:59 AM

Wow! That is Beautiful. Great work!

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#15 posted 09-08-2009 06:07 AM

Thank You everyone for all the great comments.

Patron, Yes it is really me….I have only worked on a lathe a couple of times before back in high school.(30 yrs ago) Only had this lathe for 2 months now and have really taken to it. Working on it just seems natural.

Moshel, When this first got started spinning, I was as far away as I could be and still flip the switch. haha I was REAL worried it was going to explode. Got lucky, but I am sure with doing as much as I am that it will happen.

Huff, “Staved” is just “segmented” with long pieces. (sort of) The staves are the long pieces running top to bottom like a barrel sides. Segmented is smaller pieces layered all the way. This is a little of both as the sides are staved and the top is segmented.

Cabinetmaster, Never be afraid to try new things. I did not think I was up to this until I made a comment on another persons project. A couple of LJ’s PMed me and gave me tips on how to get it done. The rest was just wanting to do something new, and here we are.

Innovator, Sorry forgot to put in dim. The bowl is 5 1/4 tall and 6 1/4 wide at top. 33 pieces total.

Littlecope, Everyone here tells me the same thing. I know I am too criticle on myself, but if I plan on selling some of this stuff some day, (hopeing to hit a craft fair around christmass) I don’t want anyone as picky as me to not be satisfied with the quality.

ReggieK, Thanks a lot for the links. They will be very usefull. I agree with the purpleheart and maple combo. Just the best at contrast, both color and grain. Looking forward to seeing your completed project. Cocobolo is also a very nice wood to work with. Only used a small amount so far (lid for my last turned box) But it turned very smooth and finished nicely.

I am very honored to be a part of this great woodworking comunity. It is the fantastic comments and help from all of you that keep me pushing the limits and enjoying woodworking soo much. I don’t want to “work for money” but I would like to make enough to buy more wood and tools. Actually sold my last turned box today to my neighbor. (zebrawood with cocbolo lid, made up for what I spent at Rockler yesterday)

Thank you again for all the great comments and help.


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