Red Cedar Burl Bowl

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Project by John posted 07-09-2018 06:36 PM 1660 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Red Cedar Burl bowl, finished with wipe on Poly, 12.25” by 4.25”. Going to my mother-in-law. I don’t think she will mind the hole. I cut three rings on a slightly raised part of the side of the bowl. Anything to help prevent dropping the bowl. I didn’t burn them, maybe next time.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#1 posted 07-09-2018 06:38 PM

Really really nice bowl John, I wouldn’t mind the hole either. Do you apply the wipe-on poly on or off the lathe?

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

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#2 posted 07-09-2018 06:49 PM

Hey Rick, I finish them up in the garage, too much dust in the shop and it would tie up the lathe for weeks.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 07-09-2018 06:53 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 07-09-2018 06:58 PM

Beautiful bowl John. The finish is excellent. The hole just keeps the bowl from getting overfilled.

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

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#5 posted 07-09-2018 07:58 PM

A big win with this one John, fabulous piece of timber, good design & a top class finish = one happy Mother in Law for sure. great job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 07-09-2018 08:00 PM

great job,beautiful finish

-- bambi

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 07-09-2018 10:24 PM

Gorgeous bowl, John!!


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

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 07-09-2018 11:02 PM

Excellent, John. I believe that would be, properly, called a “Diet Bowl,” inasmuch as the hole might keep one from eating too much ice cream. Not that I believe anyone should humiliate such a fine work of art thusly. It’s gorgeous. When people ask, “What’s it for?”, I always answer, “It’s for staring at admiringly. You DO know what art is, right?” Holes and cracks make them specialler.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 07-09-2018 11:20 PM

Awesome bowl. I like it as it is, hole and all, but if the hole ever becomes an issue with anyone, you can always direct them to some of this stuff.

I say that jokingly.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 07-10-2018 12:13 AM

Nice work.
I have always considered cedar to soft for turning and durability so I haven’t tried it. You have inspired me.

Have you ever tried filling holes like that with sawdust and thick CA glue? It has worked for me. Just tape one side of the hole with painters tape, pack it full of sawdust then soak with thin CA followed immediately with the thick CA. The thin stuff helps the thick glue wick into the sawdust.
Also I have used a wire pressed into grooves you made while the bowl is turning to create enough friction to blacken them. The wire I use is twisted stainless steel, often used on downriggers for fishing.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 07-10-2018 02:40 AM

Great looking grain and finish. Good job.

-- MEL, Kansas

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#12 posted 07-10-2018 06:51 AM

Thanks guys, my wife says don’t worry, she’ll love it!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#13 posted 07-10-2018 11:20 AM

John, I’m blown away at the figure and beauty of this bowl. The profile and little details (the rings) really manage to distinguish it further, complementing the natural beauty of the wood. Truly stunning.

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#14 posted 07-10-2018 12:04 PM

Love that figure in the burl… very nice bowl.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#15 posted 07-10-2018 12:11 PM

John that is a beautiful turning, wood and finish. Great job on this one.


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