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Project by bushmaster posted 11-11-2019 03:49 AM 543 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Tis the season in the north to start hiding out in the shop, first skiff of snow last night. I have tried to keep up with the postings on my phone and tablet. Great for seeing but not writing. I have spent allot of time this summer hiking etc and working on my property. Will post some of the things I did this summer later. This project has had top priority, my daughter had a request for me to send a bowl for an auction to raise money for a charity, so it had to be extra special. I had some experience with lathing a four sided bowl so though I would take it a step farther and do a matching lid and top it off with my first ever finial.

The wood is Yellow Cedar. very fine grain

I have a few construction pictures with some ideas that I will pass along. I lathed the bottom first but could not get a good dovetail for my chuck, I solved the problem by cutting a disc of wood and gluing it on.

Then used the tail stock to apply gluing pressure

Then lathed a great dovetail for the chuck. I like this idea as one can save more of the wood for the project. I would do it again on shallow projects. I simply sawed it off and finished the bottom normally.

Turned it over, chuck held it securely and had not trouble lathing the top surface

The top was brought to a completion using a disc with a groove cut in it.

The final step before putting the finish on was to cut vee groves for colored rings. Usually I spray the ring black, but I came up with another method, just use a black felt pen, one would not have to mask it off completely, tried it and it worked great. Should have thought of it before I started masking.

To see how I put the color on I guess you will have to watch the video, It covers the complete building process.

The only advice I will give is, ALWAYS USE GLOVES WHEN DOING A PROJECT LIKE THIS. and be more careful, I got wacked.

For a bonus I make some spurtles and included with the bowl for some extra cash.

Thanks for looking, comments appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 11-11-2019 03:54 AM

Beautiful piece.
The color combo of the light colored yellow cedar and the colored rings is fantastic.
Be safe but a very spectacular piece.

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#2 posted 11-11-2019 04:17 AM

Excellent result Brian, you did a good job on the finger as well.
Not convinced about using gloves though. I find they are more of a nuisance.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 11-11-2019 05:13 AM

Aside from the mishap, the project is beautiful.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 11-11-2019 05:25 AM

Wow Brian, That sure is beautiful.
Hope it raises a heap of money at the auction.
I know how it feels to get a whack like you did.
The last one I did I glued some scrap along the 4 edges to stop any tearout, then removed when finished.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 11-11-2019 05:25 AM

Sorry about the damaged finger Brian but the bowl is superb sir….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 11-11-2019 05:30 AM

Very attractive bowl Brian, should do well at the fund raiser!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 11-11-2019 08:49 AM

Beautiful Brian. I had to beg complete ignorance on what spurtles are, confessed that I surrendered my man card and looked up their definition. Interesting concept and well executed project. I love the look of the grain pattern and may have to reconsider giving cedar another chance. My last live edge cedar bowl project didn’t go so well and I swore off turning cedar for good when it developed a hairline crack that I didn’t see, and it exploded while my hand was inside doing the final sanding. My wife heard the explosion when she was working in the kitchen.
Everything but my nerves are intact.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#8 posted 11-11-2019 09:59 AM

Beautiful shape and inlay!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 11-11-2019 10:53 AM

Ok – I’m with mdzehr in that I had to google spurtle. How dumb can I be ? I remember them from my childhood right here in the USA. NOT
nuff of that – Brian, that bowl just makes my bowls look like dumpster diving trash. Great Job !!

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 11-11-2019 11:05 AM


Love the bowl and colors, great finish. Good luck in the auctioin.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 11-11-2019 11:12 AM

Very nice work, well done, a reminder to play safe is always appropriate, keep on making sawdust.

-- andrek

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#12 posted 11-11-2019 11:13 AM

I had to look up spurtle as well and wow, interesting tool. You did a fantastic job on this and I’m sure it will be well-received at the auction

-- Cowboy Up or Quit - If you are going to quit than get out of my way

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#13 posted 11-11-2019 11:24 AM

All looks good but the finger. Nice job.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#14 posted 11-11-2019 12:04 PM

Beautiful job Brian! I know the finger trick!

-- Joanne Sauvageau

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#15 posted 11-11-2019 12:15 PM

welcome back to the shop Brian you did not disappoint your first project back is amazing GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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