Beetle Kill Pine Bowl with Resin Root Stand

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Project by TZH posted 09-19-2020 11:47 PM 690 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one took me a lot longer to finish than I thought it would.

Even though I’m really liking the way this one turned out, beetle kill pine isn’t necessarily the easiest wood to work with sometimes. It can be both too dry and too wet (for those who’ve worked with this kind of wood, you know exactly what I’m talking about).

I posted in the Forums about a crack in this bowl that I was worried might not be stable enough to guarantee the bowl wouldn’t split apart at some point down the road. I used thin CA glue in an effort to strengthen the crack, and only time will tell, but I think it’s going to be ok, and the final results made the effort worth it, for sure.

Now all I gotta do is find another piece somewhere on the property that’ll function as a stand for another bowl….not as easy as one might think.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 09-20-2020 02:43 AM

Great piece!
It turned out really nice. Very unique.
Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 09-20-2020 02:44 AM

Wow. That is very impressive…. and getting two non-standard shapes (natural shapes) to fit together nicely is not easy, but is a fun challenge.

Is it an epoxy finish?

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 09-20-2020 05:13 AM

Thanks, guys.

swirt, no, it’s a coat of Watco Danish Oil medium oak stain/varnish combo followed by multiple coats of Minwax clear gloss hand rubbed polyurethane varnish followed by the final finish coat of Trewax clear coat paste wax (essentially a beeswax).

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#4 posted 09-20-2020 06:49 AM

I have used a lot of beetle kill pine. I love the various colors, grains, knots, makes for an interesting piece.

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#5 posted 09-20-2020 08:35 AM

That is cool.

-- Petey

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#6 posted 09-21-2020 02:14 AM

Your recipe on the finish is great. Has a nice lustre.

-- Galootish log blog,

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