challenge09, Gorilla glue challenge, heart pine bowl,

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Project by bzzzzzt posted 05-06-2010 03:36 PM 2944 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The scraps of heart pine came from a friend’s grandfather’s home in Barnsville GA, c. 1810. I cut them into random sized pieces, and randomly Gorilla glued them together, mixed edge, face and end grain. I continued cutting and gluing thrice daily for weeks until the individual pieces were from 5-10mm, and resulted in a large slab about 1/2” thick. I have an auxiliary table built of corian that boosts my bandsaw cut angle by 20 degrees, and using that I cut a sequence of concentric angled rings and did a stack ring lamination. The first cut is at 45 degrees and graduates down to 60 degrees at the base. While working on this project the high resin content gave my shop a wonderful aroma and was worth all the clogged sanding belts and bandsaw blades. The finished bowl is about 20” in diameter with a wall thickness of 3-5mm. When held up to a light the resin pockets glow a fiery orange color. It found a welcome home at my friend’s mountain cottage. Gorilla glue rocks!

-- Buzz, NC,

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#1 posted 05-06-2010 03:48 PM

I really like this bowl. It turned out great with all the different grain patterns. I love heart pine.

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#2 posted 05-06-2010 03:58 PM

It came out absolutely gorgeous. That’s going to be an heirloom in your friend’s family.

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#3 posted 05-06-2010 04:12 PM


Who’d of thunk you could get that pattern from scrap wood!

First Place winner!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-06-2010 04:24 PM

Make sure to add the tag “challenge09” to get into the contest. Good luck!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 05-06-2010 05:43 PM

spectacular bowl..great shape too. I love bowls from a board.

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#6 posted 05-06-2010 09:15 PM

Beautiful bowl.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#7 posted 05-06-2010 09:41 PM

very, very nice. As JJohnston pointed out- it is not an entry until you tag it. (not in the title, but with a project tag/keyword)

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#8 posted 05-06-2010 11:50 PM

Looks awesome! The pattern is really nice. Can you explain in more detail how you went from slab to bowl shape? Not sure if I fully understand…

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#9 posted 05-07-2010 02:17 AM

Interesting textures and a very well executed form. Very nice!

-- jn

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#10 posted 05-07-2010 03:11 AM

That is a very cool bowl. I like it a lot.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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#11 posted 05-07-2010 05:12 AM

Fabulous. Really impressive what you’ve done here. A nice clean 20 inch bowl for starters, but the outcome is amazing. I am impressed with both your tenacity and the work.


-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#12 posted 05-07-2010 06:06 AM

I like it – nice work

Laguna bamboo

-- Laguna Bamboo

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#13 posted 05-07-2010 12:07 PM

Hello all, thanks for the compliments; I stay so covered over with life and work I forget about this site and the big community it is, and thus hardly ever log on. Greg in Vancouver, I tried to reply to you one-on-one but don’t have enough posts! To elaborate further, I have a couple websites that explain things a bit better, Go to my home page and there’ll be a link to me. In short, once I have whatever pattern I’m after in slab form and have it sanded dead flat I cut a series of angled rings on the bandsaw, such that the largest ring serves as a template for cutting the next smaller one, and so on. The rings are then stacked up in one orientation or another, glued up and then either turned or sanded smooth. Stack ring lamination’s been around for a long time but it is an unconventional way to make vessels and way less seen than reduction turning. There’s a new book out by Carole Rothman making these on a scroll saw I haven’t seen yet but it probably shows plenty of details how to.

-- Buzz, NC,

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#14 posted 05-07-2010 07:49 PM

Hey… I really like this bowl and the photography is very good. I would love to see a close up shot of the bowl. I love texture and this bowl has loads of it, almost looks like cork… but perfectly smooth. Good stuffl

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#15 posted 05-07-2010 09:01 PM


-- Buzz, NC,

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