Segmented bowl - multi wood

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Project by rockmolsen posted 11-24-2017 08:11 PM 1328 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The original blank was a 9 1/4” x 9 1/4” combination of purple-heart, Padauk, spalted maple and one piece of kill beetle pine.

This was a time consuming project. I had a few issues during the turning process. First I did a mortise on the bottom to use expandable chuck jaws, I was turning the inside and had a catch, then saw the blank was now not turning true. After inspection I saw that there was a crack at the bottom, possibility from over tightening the jaws? I removed the crack pieces and glued them back in place overnight. This was a heavy blank. I now did not trust the jaws and mortise so decided to mount a face-plate to the bottom in order to be able to finish the inside. Using cole jaws I mounted to what would be the inside, enough material was removed to accomplish this. Then I reverse mounted a face-plate to the tail stock and using double sided tape, push it up against the recess in the bottom, removed the face-plate from the tail stock and screwed it to the bottom of the bowl.

It was turning very close to true so I complete hollowing out the inside. I realized I need a few new tools. I need a small curved tool rest and at least a # 1 or 2 hollowing tool. trying to get my straight cutters in at the correct angle was difficult. I also did not go as deep inside as I normally would have being careful to avoid the screws from the face-plate.

During the sanding, I noticed the padauk dust spreads and is difficult to remove from the adjoining pieces of wood. I used a little Naptha and removed some but not all? If someone has a solution to share about this I’d love to hear it. So finished to 600, then some EEE and OB Shinejuice followed by the Beall buffing system. It’s 7 3/4” H x 8 1/2” at its widest and the opening is also 7 3/4”.

Thanks for looking

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 11-24-2017 08:51 PM

That’s beautiful Rick! The woods really finished up nice. I seem to remember someone talking about Padauk and whether or not to use it in cutting boards because of the dust. I didn’t pay that much attention since I won’t run into it. I can’t see it in your pictures. I only use tenons on my turnings now for the reason you mention. I also use the tail stock and a centre saver if I’m worried about a real heavy piece.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 11-24-2017 09:02 PM

Thanks John,

Lesson learned, next time its gets a tenon !!!!!

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#3 posted 11-25-2017 12:32 AM

padauk, bloodwood, and some ebonies are troublesome witht he dust sticking in pores..the oilier the wood, the worse it is.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-25-2017 12:48 AM

Excellent bowl. I love the pattern..especially the front !!


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

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#5 posted 11-25-2017 01:27 AM

Sweet looking bowl. It will hold a lot of goodies.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 11-25-2017 02:17 AM

I haven’t seen any bowls with the laminations this way in the colors that you used. Very inpressive. Yes I alway use a tenon now and have extra large diameter jaws, gives lots of holding power.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 11-25-2017 07:14 AM

Realy big effort to accomplish such beautiful piece. It’s different from another by this vertical boards orientation. Very nice wood combination.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 11-25-2017 01:25 PM

Wow! What a wonderful bowl! It’s a real eye catcher. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 11-25-2017 03:42 PM

That is a very creative bowl, I love the wood orientation. The wood dust has a problem for me and never figured out how to clean it out, not even air helps.

-- Glen, Torrance CA,

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