Purpleheart Bowl

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Project by GregMorgan posted 09-22-2019 10:19 AM 708 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a tough project. The piece of purpleheart was really hard and difficult to turn. The inside of the bowl is a little rough but the outside sanded to a really smooth finish. Hopefully the next one is goes a little better.

-- Greg, Allentown, PA

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#1 posted 09-22-2019 02:20 PM

I would kill for piece of that wood….Excellent looking bowl!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-22-2019 07:14 PM

You did a good job on a difficult wood to turn.

The fibers and pours of the wood make hard to cut and it dulls the tools quickly. If you still want to smooth out the inside of the bowl I would suggest starting with 80 grit sand paper at a low speed (600 rpm or so) and keep the sandpaper moving so it does not cut grooves. Then move up through the grit to 320 or 400. It will take time so be patient.
Unfortunately if you don’t seal the wood soon after turning with a top finish it will gradually turn brown. Oil or wax finish will not hold the color and even with a top coat of poly it will eventually loose it’s purple color.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-03-2019 08:28 PM

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