Wide Rim Spalted Maple Bowl

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Project by Innovator posted 09-21-2009 04:07 AM 2443 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been an interesting project for me. There was a problem with mold growing on the outside of the bowl. For more on this here is the link to the post on the MOLD. This is a piece of maple that I had spalted recently.

After turning the outside of the bowl it was too wet to sand, I wasted $3.00 in sanding disks before I gave up. I have had this happen before so I needed to allow the wood to sit for a day or two and get some of the moisture out. I also didn’t want it to crack so I put a plastic bag on it with a little water inside of it and off I went. I came back a few days later to discover the entire outside was covered in surface mold. After getting some help from other LJ’s I cleaned off the mold and continued to turn the bowl.

PROBLEM, as I cleaned up the outside I noticed some surface cracks. I did the best I could to fill them in with CA and sawdust to try and stop the cracking process. As I was turning the inside of the bowl I noticed a dark line forming from top to bottom as I turned. I thought this was some hidden grain in the bowl, NOT! It was a crack from the outside of the bowl busting through to the inside. When I stopped the lathe I realized there were two cracks that went from the inside to outside of the bowl.

Again I filled the holes with CA and continued to turn. The wood was flexing too much so I decided to stop turning the inside of the bowl. Even though I did not get it as smooth as I would have liked it to be.

In the middle picture on the left side you can see one of the cracks.

For all of the hassles and headaches I believe it came out fine.

The dimensions for the bowl are as follows (All are approximate):
Top rim diameter – 11”
Foot of bowl – 3 ½”
Rim overhang – 1 ½”
Bowl height – 5 ½”

Please feel free to leave any comments or critiques, they are all appreciated.


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

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#1 posted 09-21-2009 04:43 AM

Sounds like raising a kid! The harder you work, the more messed up the kid gets.
Looks great though. I haven’t had mold in my projects but I’ve had my share of cracks and dance moves…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 09-21-2009 04:52 AM

Amen to that Jack. I am actually looking forward to some movement of the bowl.


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

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#3 posted 09-21-2009 07:51 AM

Looks Great! The spalting came out nice. Love that extra in with the grain. Nice design and turning. This sounds like it turned into quite a challenge with all the mold and movement. All in all I think you did a wonderfull job and have an exelent piece to show for it.

I am like you, I don’t want cracks in my turnings but if they want to move and warp afterwards. That is just fine. Gives them even more charector.

Fantastic piece. Keep it up.


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

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#4 posted 09-21-2009 08:13 AM

Nice shape, sorta looks like a hat

nice spalting too

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#5 posted 09-21-2009 10:18 PM

I like it . The wood is great—-So is the work!


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#6 posted 09-21-2009 11:50 PM

Not an easy one to accomplish Rob. Great shape.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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