Red Oak Bowl With Inlay, Ornament and LightHouse

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Project by scrappy posted 10-17-2009 11:13 PM 4209 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello all, I have been haveing some more fun lately.

Red Oak Bowl 6 inch Diam X 2 inch tall

The First project is a Red Oak Bowl. I had a piece of Inlay Banding just laying aournd that I had picked up from Rocklers clearance table a few mobths back. Thought this would make a great added detail to this bowl. What do you think? First turned the bowl as square edged as I could and sanded to 400 grit. When I had the side as smooth as I wanted, then I cut the groove for the Inlay. This band is only 1/4 inch wide so it wraped around the bowl without haveing to steam it. Taped the band in place while the glue set overnight. Re-sanded to 400 grit. Also as a final touch sanded with mineral spirits at 400 grit. Helped to fill in a lot of the pores. 3 coats of Tung Oil/Varnish with 0000 steel wool between coats. Finished off with the buffing compound and cotton T shirt.

Second is a Christmass Ornament. 1 1/2 Diam top X 3 1/5 Long.

Top ball is Walnut and the lower 4 are all one piece of Box Elder. (this cutoff did not have any of the flame in it)
Figured I needed to practice on makeing ball shapes. (I STILL need a lot of practice on this)haha They all have some flat areas that did not curve very smoothly. But I like it anyway.

Third is a LightHouse that I turned this morning. 8 inch tall by 1 1/2 diam. Just a quick little fun project. Wanted to try turning some more of the Eucalyptus wood I have. Sanded to 400 grit. Turned around on the lathe so it was sppinning the other way and sanded again. (had to turn it around to get to the bottem) Sanding in the opposite dirrection helped to get rid of some of the little feathers that want to work up from sanding while spinning. Usally have to do this by hand because my lathe does not reverse. This was just for fun and all I did was buff the wood at high speed with a little white diamond pollish compound and a cotton t shirt rag. Turned out real shinny and waiting to see how much it cracks.

Sorry if I get a little long winded. Just wanted to give good info.

Hope you all enjoyed the post. Please leave all comments and suggestion/critiques please.

Thank You for Looking.

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

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#1 posted 10-17-2009 11:57 PM

Scrappy, I really like the inlay, added a nice touch. Cool light house and christmas ornament. I would think turning the ball shapes would be really hard to do. Looks good to me.

-- John @

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#2 posted 10-18-2009 12:04 AM

Super group of projects Scrappy well done

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#3 posted 10-18-2009 01:18 AM

You sure are getting good on that lathe Scrappy !!!

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#4 posted 10-18-2009 01:37 AM

I love inlay. Wish I knew how to do it.

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#5 posted 10-18-2009 01:39 AM

The inlay matches up perfect with the oak. Your christmas ornament & lighthouse look like they were fun to do.

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#6 posted 10-18-2009 01:56 AM

that inlay is really cool scrappy, i jsut saw some at woodcraft and was thinking of trying it, now i will. nice job, keep them comin.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 10-18-2009 02:17 AM

Good Job Scrappy!!

‘The SedcoKid’

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 02:19 AM

I really like the inlay. I have seen this stuff in the stores and have wondered about doing the same thing. I guess great minds do think alike !

Your ornament turning is off to a good start. Did you hollow the ball ? Ornaments need to be as light as you can get them so they won’t pull the tree over… LOL ! ...Also your finial needs to be a bit smaller. I’m also having some trouble with this technique. Start the finial at the pointy end doing small bits and finishing as you go… work back to the larger part. This way there is always some meat on your spindle….. If you get what I am saying.

Now that you have started some Ornament turning, watch out..they are addictive !

Keep the chips flying.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 10-18-2009 07:59 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone.

Huff, The ball shapes are not that ewasy to do. It looks round, then when you stop the lathe and run your finger across the curve, you can tell parts are sharper and flater then others. Still working on that technique.

Roper, Got a book called “500 wood bowls” It has everything from free style carving to turned bowl in it, It had a pic of one this style with a band around it. I thought “hey that bad in the corner would work for this” and here we are. Very easy to do. Just make sure your grove is the same width and deep enough for the band. Put in the glue, then taped the band in as I went around the bowl. When I got to the end I used a razor knife to cut the length for an exact(or close enough) fit. Een with tape the ends would not stay down, so I added a small clamp at the joint. Worked great.

ToyGuy, Only hollowed the ball as much as the drill for the finial hole. ( drilled most of way through ball for short post) Most of my finials are smaller then this but wanted to go with the ball theme all the way down. Since this is for me wasn’t worried about the weight too much. My FAKE tree can handle it. On my other ornaments I “hollowed” the ball area from the outside. Check them out, you will see what I mean.

Thanks Again for all the comments. Love all the feedback and sugestions. Thanks.


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

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#10 posted 10-18-2009 01:52 PM

That bowl is really nice and I might have to try that myself. Very simple to do but really adds a lot to the looks.

-- We are the people our parents warned us about.

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#11 posted 10-19-2009 04:21 AM

Nice looking projects…

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

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#12 posted 10-19-2009 04:33 AM

Nice Bowl

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#13 posted 10-22-2009 11:13 PM

Really nice bowl. I like the touch of the inlay.

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#14 posted 10-24-2009 01:10 PM

They came out great Scrappy. I love the lighthouse (I am a huge fan of visiting them).

The inlay came out great.


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

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#15 posted 03-18-2010 04:26 AM

Scrappy: Those are some great turnings. I love the bowl. When I ever turn a bowl, I’ll have to do that.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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