Miniature Carob Wood Bowl/Vase

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Project by scrappy posted 03-03-2010 08:20 AM 2380 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Got a box in the mail the other day from Rustfever full of Claro Walnut, Citrus, and a nice piece of Carob. Haven’t had a chance to do anything with it until today. Thought that since I have never turned any Carob I would start with it.

Cut a bowl blank out of it and rough turned the outside and faced off the bottom for a sacrifice block to glue too. Glued my block to it and was wondering what to do while the glue dries. Spotted the piece of scrap from the end of the board and thought ”That is still big enough for a candle holder” Cut round on the band saw, put between centers and away I went.

Little did I know IT did not want to be a candle holder. Turned into this LITTLE Vase. Only 2 1/4 inch diam X 2 inch tall. Hollowing this little sucker while it was between centers was a lot of fun. From the inside of the edge to the live center was only about 3/8 inch. Used my home made allen wrench hollowing tool ( 1/4 inch wide) and reached around the edge. Got it down to about 3/16 wall most of the way down. Turned the post in the center down to 1/8 inch when the rest was done and removed post then sanded inside. Only 1 coat of hand whipe poly so far.

This wood is amazing. Love the color and grain in it. There is even a bark inclusion that goes all the way through the bottom. Can’t wait to finish turning the large piece tomorrow. The grain and color are even more stunning in it. (see last pic)

Was soo nice to get back into the shop today. Work has kept me tied up (worn out) and part time out of town for the last 2 weeks.

Thank You Ira (rustfever) for the chance to turn this amazing wood.

Will post other piece when completed. Please leave all comments and suggestions. You input is allways welcome.

Thanks for looking.


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

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 08:50 AM

great looking piece of wood and nice work. Where does Carob come from?

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

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 09:06 AM

Thats pretty. looks like rako pottery

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

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#3 posted 03-03-2010 09:25 AM

According to Hobit house

It is from the mediteranian.

Thanks for the comments.


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

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#4 posted 03-03-2010 02:35 PM

Very nice vase Scrappy. The grain of this wood is very nice and the shape is very pleasing.

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#5 posted 03-03-2010 03:13 PM

That’s a neat little candle holder.Clever way to turn it, too!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 03-03-2010 03:42 PM

Interesting looking wood. I really like the shape you turned as well.

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

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 01:52 AM

Nice turn Scrappy. The other one looks like its going to be real nice too.

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 02:49 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone. It was a lot of fun trying to get inside this without hitting the sides. The other one will be a little bigger and easier I think.

Thanks Again.


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

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#9 posted 03-05-2010 04:58 AM

Looks great Scrappy. very smooth looking.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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