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Project by doubleDD posted 05-26-2020 11:33 PM 1213 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I acquired a lot of beautiful bowl blanks so I’ve been interested in seeing what they look like. It’s been awhile since I posted a bowl but I have a few I would to share. This Camphor bowl is 6-1/2×3’’. My first time with Camphor and what a surprise after starting to take off some shavings. It has a strong scent of Vicks vapor rub and I guess they use the extract to make other medical products. My eyes lit up like the moon . It’s pleasant but after awhile it starts getting to me.
In pic 4 I rubbed on the first coat and it popped the grain nicely.
Finished with a mixture of Danish oil and lacquer thinner, 2 to 1 parts. You get a oil finish that dries quickly that way. 5 coats total and the last 2 were just the Danish.
It went through a 3 step buffing process after sanding to 6000 with micro mesh pads and the results were very satisfying.
P.S. I threw the shavings in my garden, they say it will help keep away bugs and critters. LOL. We’ll see.

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





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splintergroup

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#1 posted 05-26-2020 11:44 PM

Wow! That sure shines purdy, awesome job 8^)

I have some camphor burl veneer that has the same effect, I can’t wait 8^)

Neat trick with the thinner/oil combo, I’ll try it out since I’m tired of waiting for that stuff to dry.

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#2 posted 05-26-2020 11:51 PM

Wow! Look at that sine! I had to put my Makita sun glasses on to help with the glare! LOL! (inside joke between you and me) But anyway your Camphor bowl is so nice love the grain and color. My neighbor has two large Camphor trees in his yard maybe I’ll go sharpen my buzz saw. Just kidding! Nice work Dave!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 05-26-2020 11:53 PM

Very, very nice
The grain pattern is really different, it looks like perhaps a crotch. Makes no difference, it is beautiful

-- 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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doubleDD

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#4 posted 05-27-2020 12:07 AM

Thanks splintergroup. I used a piece of worn 220 sandpaper to rub in the first 3 coats of the mix. It helps lubricate when sanding and blends the dust to help fill in small imperfections.

That’s a good one Tony. If the neighbor goes on vacation then———-whatever. I’m glad you use those sunglasses for special occasions only, make me feel good and I got a big laugh. It’s a lot of work getting a shine this way but I like the oil finish on a bowl. I never know how it will be used. This one may stay in my private collection for awhile.

Thanks Dick. I had that impression too as I was turning it that it was either part crotch or some burl in it but at least it ended up looking like it did.

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

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#5 posted 05-27-2020 12:45 AM

Beautiful bowl Dave, looks like liquid gold!

-- Daniel P

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#6 posted 05-27-2020 12:57 AM

gorgeous bowl dave and that finish is crazy good.ive turned pens with camphor,great wood when your congested.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 05-27-2020 12:59 AM

Beautiful finish Dave, must try that finish if I ever get motivated in isolation. We have Camphour Laurel wood down here and I like the small it puts into the shop. Great work on the bowl.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 05-27-2020 02:26 AM

Awesome Bowl!
The camphor is beautiful. And the finish is spectacular! Beautiful piece!!!
Thanks for sharing.
Jon

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 05-27-2020 02:30 AM

Thanks Dan. I had to do a lot more buffing to get a shiny finish but I succeeded. I remember having a can of that stuff around here years back.

Pottz that sounds like a plan, keep some Camphor wood around and wait till you have a cold. My eyes would seem to get bigger and bigger but I swear 30 minutes later my sinuses were clearer. haha

Thanks Bob. I’m gonna look for another piece of that Camphor, it was a great experience working with it. Every time I walked out of the shop and in the house my wife would give me a funny look.

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

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#10 posted 05-27-2020 02:32 AM

WOW, that is a great bowl, Dave…both in the grain and the finish! I’ll have to try that Danish and lacquer thinner.
No Lacquer at all?
where do you get camphor wood?

cheers, Jim

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

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 05-27-2020 02:41 AM

Correct Jim no lacquer. But I did do a finish with lacquer and lacquer thinner the same way only about 1 part lacquer and 2 parts thinner. You know it dries fast.

Thanks Mr wolf. I had thoughts of giving this to someone but I changed my mid. I like it too much.

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

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#12 posted 05-27-2020 02:57 AM

Very pretty, Dave!

Just so I’m clear, turning camphor makes your head spin? Perhaps you’ve got the wrong bit on the lathe?

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 05-27-2020 03:33 AM

Beautiful grain. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#14 posted 05-27-2020 04:48 AM

Dave I think you’re right there was more than my head spinning but I was enjoying the buzz.
After seeing how well the grain showed up on this I really got into it.

Thanks Mel.

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

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#15 posted 05-27-2020 08:02 AM

That is really beautiful Dave.
I love Camphor. Had a green colour in one piece.

This finish is super.

Bob

-- 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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