natural elm bowl

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Project by imallchalkedup posted 08-03-2010 11:48 PM 1504 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Not sure where I was going with this one, but I was about to finish off the bottom when It flew off the lathe and cracked the side and did some more damage to the bottom, so I fixed the crack with super glue and took more off the bottom, I plan on gluing some felt to the bottom to finish it, otherwise it turned out ok, I guess. Also I might add that I microwaved this piece about 5 times about 1 min 40 seconds each and on the last time it started to burn within the bottom, which is actually turned away now. I think I was’nt letting it cool quite enough in between times and the heavier parts were still holding to much heat.

-- RStadler

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#1 posted 08-03-2010 11:58 PM

This is very well done and it looks great.

Elm is a great wood for turning. I don’t think enough people appreciate what a great wood it is. This bowl demonstrates what a great wood elm can be.

Thank you for sharing.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 12:02 AM

Great looking bowl. I’ll have to check out some elm for future projects.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#3 posted 08-04-2010 01:08 AM

Well you cracked it cooked it and it still came out looking great.

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#4 posted 08-04-2010 01:33 AM

Great looking bowl. Love the grain.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 08-04-2010 01:42 AM

If you hadn’t fessed up to the problems we would have thought this was exactly as planned.

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

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#6 posted 08-04-2010 02:27 AM

one good looking bowl. Glad you decided to share!! Good Job!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 08-04-2010 03:51 AM

Love the grains and the shape, Can’t see the defects if any so therefore it’s a job well done!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 08-04-2010 07:51 AM

Fantastic bowl. Great shape and turn. Love the finish.

On the Microwave drying…..I have done this several times. It works great but, I think you are correct. You probably did not let it cool enough between cookings. I got a piece of walnut charred and smoking once. haha
Also, Make sure the microwave plate cools enough. It will also hold the heat. Just a couple of tips I found out the hard way. haha

Keep up the great work.


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

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#9 posted 08-04-2010 08:16 AM

Beautiful Bowl!!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#10 posted 08-04-2010 03:35 PM

Beautiful Bowl and a good story to go along with it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#11 posted 08-04-2010 06:30 PM

Thanks for all the comments, but any comments are welcome, good or bad. I’m just learning and want to learn as much as possible. Yeah, I proved that the microwave really does cook from the middle first, the base was smoking from inside the wood and you could tell there was a burning ember from inside the wood that was still burning, pretty cool huh, wel not really. Gotta be careful with this stuff, you might set your bowl on a shelf and find out later its on fire. The other day I noticed that a flame had shot up in my fire pit that I thought was out a couple a days prior to that, and that was even after a good rain.

-- RStadler

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#12 posted 08-05-2010 02:12 AM

Great looking bowl, its ok if it fly’s off the lathe as long as it don’t hit you. very nicely done.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 08-10-2010 02:42 AM

Super bowl. The sap wood really makes it stand out. A real eye catcher!!

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

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