Large Walnut Serving Bowl

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Project by 76winger posted 12-24-2010 04:11 AM 1672 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest turning – Bowl #6.
A piece of Walnut rescued from a firewood pile back in the spring of 2010. Pre-turned in May to 1” and left to dry all summer & fall, then finished in December. Unfortunately some checking still occured as can be seen in the end-grain photo, but it was my first big bowl and came out pretty nice regardless.

looking down into the inside. I tried to make the profile of the inside conform to that of the ouside while maintaining around 1/4 thickness.

From the view of the end-grain, the checking shows. But at least I saved it from a pile of ahes!

The final picture shows it next to my first bowl and filled with life-size imitation fruit for size comparison.
This latest bowl, in walnut is 9 1/4 inches across at the top, 5 1/2 inches at the base and 5 5/8 inches tall.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#1 posted 12-24-2010 07:11 AM

Wow: Nice save and an impressive turning.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 12-24-2010 08:47 AM

Nice job Dave, what is the finish?

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

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 12-24-2010 11:23 AM

Dave that is one nice bowl and a wonderful finish.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 12-24-2010 08:54 PM

Thanks. The finish is 5 or 6 coats (I lost track) of Formby’s Tung Oil Finish, hand applied on the lathe with increasingly finer grades steel wool to smooth between each coat.

Normally I’ve been performing a final buffing with 0000 steel wool to leave a semi-gloss and very smooth finish. But on this one, I left the glossy finish for a brighter look.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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#5 posted 12-24-2010 10:50 PM

That is super. Love what you did with shaping is and the wood is fantastic.


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#6 posted 12-24-2010 11:00 PM

Now that is one impressive bowl. The shape is really nice looks like it might have been a challange to make the inside follow the outside. Turned out just beautiful!!

Thanks for Sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 08:12 PM

It was a little tough and took some time to get the wall matched up, but I persisted.

I’m not sure whether I’m helped or hindered by not own a set of calipers to gauge the thickness – I do it by hand and feel right now. But if I make anything bigger, the hand’s aren’t going to be larger enough and I’ll have to get something.

-- Dave, See some of my creations at:

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