Small lathe, big bowl

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Project by John Olsen posted 01-05-2019 09:20 PM 497 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is about as big as I can go with my tabletop lathe. The bowl is 6” across and 3.25” tall.

I think I rescued this wood from my brother’s firewood pile a few years back. It’s a dense, heavy wood with lots of color variations, maybe apple. That notch on the front is where I patched an old rotten chainsaw cut with a scrap I took off when making it round for the lathe. I didn’t want to reduce the radius by turning it down far enough to get rid of the notch.

I had to fill in lots of little gaps and cracks and a few wormholes with sawdust and CA glue. I used a LOT of CA on this project.

I finished it off with linseed oil, then with some beeswax applied before the oil cured. Not sure if that will cause grief with the finish later.

The thing I like the most about it is the color variations coming from multiple sources.

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#1 posted 01-05-2019 09:34 PM

Looks good, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 01-05-2019 10:46 PM

Good job.
I don’t think you will have a problem with the beeswax over the oil, but if you do, or when you need to recoat it, consider mixing the two first. I make a wood conditioner for my cutting boards, etc. out of mineral oil and beeswax. There are lots of how-to videos on you tube, or if you don’t want to bother, drop me a note and I can give you a link to my Etsy store ;)


-- Sheila - "There is no scrap wood, just pieces not yet used"

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#3 posted 01-06-2019 07:06 PM

A very neat bowl. Now for the popcorn!

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

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