One Block of Wood, 3 Natural-edge Bowls

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Project by Ken Waller posted 11-26-2009 06:32 AM 2333 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are three oak natural-edge bowls that all came from the same block of wood. The largest is about 13” across, the second is about 11” across and the third about 9”. They were cored using a One Way coring system. Not only is coring more economical, giving you more bowls per blank, but also is faster than hogging out the inside of a bowl with a bowl gouge. The bowls were rough-turned green then finished-turned about 5 months later. The bowls were sanded to 2000 grit, given 3 coats of tung oil and then buffed with the Beall system. I was only able to keep the bark on one of the bowls.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#1 posted 11-26-2009 06:49 AM

Those look great. I never thought about coring for NE bowls. Of course I don’t have a coring rig so that may be why.

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#2 posted 11-26-2009 07:39 AM

Very nice bowls. Love the natural edge. The coreing rig is a great way to get more from the wood. Sadly not in the budget. Fantastic job on the bowls.

Keep it up.


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

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#3 posted 11-26-2009 08:12 AM

Nice looking bowls, better use of wood with coring rather than waste the centre of a blank. Like the natural edged bowl. Great finish. Is the Beall system the hand held sander?

To Skimmy and Scrappy, Dick Struessy’s has a bowlsaw on the market which is inexpensive, comes in 2 sizes, it is easy to use and I have saved the centre of over 70 blanks now which I use to turn smaller bowls, lidded boxes or other uses. Have a read of my review here on L.J’s.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 11-26-2009 06:23 PM

Wonderful Bowls Ken

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#5 posted 11-30-2009 06:09 AM

Sweet. I really like natural edge bowls. They are a bit more work than regular bowls, but they are so much more interesting. Even without the bark, you can play with the sapwood on many species. I also love the Beall buff. Do you use anything to stabilize the bark? I did a natural edge bowl out of live oak, and used thin CA to stabilize the bark. More recently, I was attempting a live edge bowl on some pearwood, but forgot to stabilize the bark. Needless to say, some of the bark chipped off.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#6 posted 12-03-2009 06:10 AM

Thanks for the comments. Bob, the Beall system is a series of 3 buffing wheels: one charged with tripoli, one with white diamond and one with carnauba wax. Using them after you’ve applied your finish, takes your finish to a higher level leaving a smooth, almost soft-to-the-touch surface.
Brian, I’m constantly watching the bark for signs of it coming off. When I find some I secure it with CA. If I do lose a piece of bark and can’t replace it, I remove the rest of the bark and sand the still-natural-edge smooth. Not quite the same effect, but still nice.

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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