Wood bowl

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Project by Krafter posted 09-14-2016 11:22 PM 796 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found this piece of wood in a architecture shop and have no idea what kind of wood it is. It took two new blades to cut this piece of wood off. I put it on my lathe to turn. It took many sharpings to turn it. This was the hardest wood I have ever worked with. If you know what kind of wood it is please let me know.

-- Krafter

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#1 posted 09-15-2016 02:03 AM

I have no clue as to the kind of wood you have there maybe petrified oak of some kind. Your turning looks great! I like the warm color. What kind of stain did you use… if any!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 09-15-2016 02:24 AM

I didn’t use any stain, just clear poly. I don’t believe the wood is oak. The grain is very tight and heavy. I thought it might be hickory.

-- Krafter

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#3 posted 09-15-2016 04:13 AM

Does look a lot like red oak… which can be pretty tough to turn sometimes. For comparison, here are some red oak (partially spalted) bowls I turned and finished the same way as you – no stain, just clear poly.

Lighting is a bit wonky – in real life, the color is very close to that of your bowl.


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#4 posted 09-15-2016 04:04 PM

That’s a good looking bowl. Will be real interested to hear what kind of wood it is if someone recognizes it.

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#5 posted 09-15-2016 04:19 PM

It does look like it came from the oak tree family, there are a lot of oak varities . I doubt it is “red oak” because red oak has very open or porous grain and yours is tight more like a Live Oak or Tan Oak.
End grain turning is always difficult but it looks like you did a great job of it. Next time you might try a carbide tipped tool to reduce the problem of sharpening so frequently. As a suggestion you can fill the cracks with thick super glue and I often mix in fine sawdust (collected from sanding the wood) to fill the cracks. Put the sawdust in first. The thick super glue sets up just slowly enough to allow it to seep into the crack, so keep adding more until it stops seeping in. If I’m in a hurry I treat it with an accelerator to get the glue to set up quicker.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 09-15-2016 04:36 PM

There is a possibility that the wood is iron wood. I used to live in the Sheyenne river valley in ND and that was one of the native trees local name. It really would not float

Also really tested your chain saw chains; lots and lots of sharpening if you were cutting much of it!

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#7 posted 09-15-2016 08:05 PM

That’s some type of oak, as medullary rays are prominent in the pictures shown. Given that the wood was so hard and Krafter lives in Florida I think it’s likely to be live oak. Live oak is 2680 Janka hardness whereas red and white oak are 1290 and 1360 respectively. It’s hard stuff.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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#8 posted 09-21-2016 02:19 AM

Thanks Brad, those are pretty bowls you turned and the color is very close to mine. I think Bob Anderson is right about the wood a live oak. Thanks Les you right about using a better tool next time. Hi Tony it is good hear from you again. Thanks to everyone and their inputs. Got get some better tools.

-- Krafter

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