Claro Walnut Bowl With Key Shavings Inlay

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Project by scrappy posted 04-03-2010 01:34 AM 2493 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is another piece of the Claro Walnut I got from Rustfever.

My wife saw the last Claro Walnut piece I did and asked me to turn something for her. This is the result.

It is 4 1/2 inch diam X 2 inch tall with a 2 inch opening. Turned to 1/4 inch thick wall. I cut 2 grooves in the top around the opening and filled them with some key shavings. They did not turn out as “Bright and Shinny” as I would have liked them to, but I think they look good. (more imortantly, my wife loves it!)

Rough turned this to 1/2 inch wall then dried in the microwave. Worked real well. Got it soo dry, that the last sesion in the microwave was a little too long. It is REAL dry when it starts to smoke and char. haha

Sanded to 400 grit and 2 coats of wipe on poly. Did not want the walnut to be shiney, that way it gives more contrast to the key shavings.

Please leave ALL comments and suggestions. Thank You all for looking.


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

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#1 posted 04-03-2010 01:37 AM

I hope you have a dedicated microwave for the workshop. my wife hates it when I dry stuff in the microwave. gives funny smell afterward for a long time….

Thats a BEAUTIFUL piece!

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2010 01:51 AM

very nice scrappy, i love walnut it is one of my favorite woods. the form and inlay look great. i will have to give the key shavings a try. thanks for posting.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Chris Cunanan

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#3 posted 04-03-2010 01:56 AM

yes, u Definitely need a dedicated microwave, mine stinks like no other! lol great idea on the key shavings i think though, how did you make them ‘n keep the shavings contained? I wonder if changing your finish method might help with the shineyness in the end result? either way, like the shape, and it’s always great to see people thinking outside the box! =]

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#4 posted 04-03-2010 02:17 AM

Thanks Guys. No dedicated microwave yet…..After this time I think I m going to have to get one though. haha

Chris. Check with your local HD or lowes. they might have some. Got mine from work. We have a key machine, just don’t make very many soo it took forever to get these. Don’t think the finish would change much. The shavings are mixed, white and yellow brass. If they were all yellow brass like plumbing fitting, they would be brighter. Just put them in an old baby food bottle for storage.

Thanks Again.


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

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#5 posted 04-03-2010 02:21 AM

Excellent piece, Scrappy. I can see why your wife loves it.

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2010 03:20 AM

Great Scrappy! Sure is pretty wood.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#7 posted 04-03-2010 03:33 AM

nice piece

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

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#8 posted 04-03-2010 03:54 AM

Scrappy: A great looking turning. I need to get my machine making something other than pens.

-- 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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#9 posted 04-03-2010 01:22 PM

It looks great! Walnut is a very pretty wood. I did not know to use a microwave to dry wood. That might come in handy for me to try. I also like the care and attention to detail you gave to the bottom of this bowl. Your wife must be very happy.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#10 posted 04-03-2010 05:47 PM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I appreciate them.


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

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#11 posted 04-04-2010 05:11 AM

nice job.

-- Jeff, Missouri ,"Just because your not bleeding, dont mean your turning safely!"..............

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#12 posted 04-04-2010 05:23 AM

nice bowl , scrappy .
looks like you have been having lots of fun .

with all the stuff your wife gets ,
there may be a room addition
on the list soon !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 04-06-2010 01:36 AM

Patron, She keep telling me I need to sell some of this stuff off, Then she makes a special request for me to turn HER something. haha Just keeping me in the shop is a good thing.

Thanks for the comments everyone.


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

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 04-10-2010 04:42 AM

Hi Dan. Nice bowl!!!!!!!!!
Say, did you put on the poly while it was in the lathe? I was wondering how that works out if you did.

Also, on the microwave. Do you have a Habitat for Humanity Restore by you where people donate all kinds of material, furniture and appliances? I have see microwaves for $15 at our Restore

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

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