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Why Is Your Bowl On the Wall??

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Project by HokieKen posted 06-30-2020 12:48 PM 499 views 0 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whew boy, am I glad this one’s done! And even gladder that I have some remnant of it left to show!

My wife loves Disney. So when I was pondering what to make for her birthday this year and stumbled across this:
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I was off and running!

I was headed for a more-or-less copy of that bowl. I was going to switch up the shape and put a little more color into it but the idea behind the feature ring was the same. So I started with a 12-sided segment of Maple that I drilled the head shape out of and poured some tinted epoxy into. Half black and half red.

Then I glued that ring up.

Then I added a thin ring of Eucalyptus on the top and bottom of it. Then a ring of Walnut on each side. Then cap and floor with another segment of Maple. After 85 pieces of wood (7X 12-segment rings + a filler piece for the center of the bottom ring) I was here:

I had good, tight glue joints everywhere and had pretty good pours with all the resin. At this point I was pretty happy with what would be my first segmented turning.

So I mounted my blank up and found issue #1. Your lathe ain’t that big dummy. So I trimmed some corners on the bandsaw until I had clearance. Barely. But clearance is clearance!

So I glued on a waste block and turned a tenon and flipped the bowl around and mounted it in my chuck.

I got the outside turned round and the inside roughed out down to the bottom of the feature ring.

Everything was going great at this point. I was really happy with the shape this thing was taking and looking forward to presenting it to my wife. Then things got back to normal…

My Mahogany waste block sheared when I started turning the bottom of the inside of the bowl and off it flew. It was not salvageable without unwarranted heroic measures :-(

So I was crying the blues in the BBQ Swap Thread that night about my woes and misfortunes and went to bed dejected. Then when I woke up and checked LJs, there was a BRILLIANT suggestion from MikeACG that I turn it into a light fixture since half of the feature ring was still in-tact :-) So, change of plans but I was again excited.

First task was to cut the damaged portions off on the bandsaw. Murphy was present. I was careless and got in a hurry and didn’t have the bowl secured well. So the bandsaw spun it out of my hands, it jumped off the table and ran across the shop. Luckily, it was still mostly in-tact but there were some new gouges. One which will be forever present (although filled and mostly hidden) in the final product.

I had already put sweat and tears into this piece. So this gave me the opportunity to add a little blood.

After that, thankfully, the tides turned back in my favor and all went pretty well. I cut the bowl down and saved 1/2 of the feature ring and glued some braces in the back.

Then I stuffed some battery powered LEDs inside with a remote to turn on and off. I used some Styrene sheet and decorative aluminum sheet and some screen spline to make shades for the top and bottom.

A couple of coats of BLO and some hot glue to keep the shades on and a sigh of relief! I have to give mucho thanks to the fellas in the BBQ Swap thread for their input and ideas to keep this one afloat! Also to Dave Kelley for sending me pigments to tint the resin for the feature ring and for the idea to use screen spline on the edges of the shades :-)

My sconce was complete! Immediately upon opening (after a little grateful smooching) my wife turned the sconce into a shelf. She said she knew exactly what figurine needed to go on it. I told her the story of the bowl and she said she was sorta glad it had failed because she really liked the shelf instead.

So that’s why my bowl is hanging on the wall.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-30-2020 01:09 PM

Hi Kenn. I feel for you when havoc strikes like that but you recovered very nicely and made a real unique piece.
Great way to dress it up and now it will always have a place to stay!..on the wall!

cheers, Jim

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

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torus

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#2 posted 06-30-2020 01:15 PM

Nice bowl/light sconce/shelf! And good story to go with!

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#3 posted 06-30-2020 01:46 PM

I think you need to include a trip to Disney World so she will be able to find some accessories to go with her new bowl….errrr….lamp.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#4 posted 06-30-2020 01:54 PM

Nice recovery!

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#5 posted 06-30-2020 02:02 PM

I hate to make light of what I’m sure was a frustrating situation, but I found your story hilarious. I can relate – my projects rarely end the way I planned them because of issues like that. It seems like you have the right attitude to make lemonade when life keeps throwing you lemons!!

-- Zach

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HokieKen

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#6 posted 06-30-2020 02:10 PM

Thanks Jim, torus and swirt!

Earl – Disney is already tentatively scheduled for next year depending on how the whole Covid thing goes… I already told her though that if Disney is open and schools are closed, ain’t no chance of me going anywhere near the place!

Zach, by all means make light of it ;-) I certainly did. What else can ya do? Just gotta roll with it!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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GR8HUNTER

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#7 posted 06-30-2020 02:28 PM

you married a very smart lady as this was my statement to myself after i seen the rebirth of this fine bowl,light ,shelf whatever you calling it you defiantly got GR8 brownie points on this for sure GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3 a little early

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

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Andre

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#8 posted 06-30-2020 02:38 PM

Looks kinda Mickey Mousey to me:) LOL! the ones that we remember the longest.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#9 posted 06-30-2020 02:44 PM

Wow, you and Murphy got to be good friends on this one. I feel the pain and disappointment but at least you turned it into something cool. It’s a very nice piece and you wife knew just what to do with it.

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

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#10 posted 06-30-2020 03:04 PM

Nice Job Kenny

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#11 posted 06-30-2020 03:21 PM

I’ll admit that I laughed a little when I read the title of this post but you sure came out of this one smelling like a rose Kenny! And a story as good as this should provide inspiration because you know it’s going to happen to every one of us at some point! (And it’s a little too warm to hide our mistakes in the wood stove right now!) I have a small pile of wooden failures that I think most of you will recognize from my previous posts…

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#12 posted 06-30-2020 04:39 PM

The squirrely strife and times of HK, to be continued. Great save Man. Looks good where you mounted it, and I like that you made the light battery-power, so there isnt some cable hanging out of it.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#13 posted 06-30-2020 04:39 PM

The squirrely strife and times of HK, to be continued. Great save Man. Looks good where you mounted it, and I like that you made the light battery-power, so there isnt some unsightly cable hanging out of it.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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Dark_Lightning

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#14 posted 06-30-2020 05:15 PM

That came out well, after a couple of detours! I’d’ve just tossed it when it broke. Nice save!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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HokieKen

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#15 posted 06-30-2020 06:09 PM

Thanks guys! I think we probably all have a pile like that one Mike ;-)

Visible cords/cables drive me nuts Brian so battery or solar was the only way to go here :-)

Steven – I did toss it. Luckily I didn’t toss it hard enough that I couldn’t retrieve it the next day…

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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