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Project by doubleDD posted 03-13-2021 09:35 PM 1423 views 0 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received this chunk of log from my brother in law who lives in Florida. His golfing friend works at a grapefruit farm so he asked me if I wanted a log from one of their dead trees and I said sure.
The side of the bowl was done with a Wagner texturing tool. It’s 2 3/4’’ by 6’’ finished with danish oil and buffed. I was hoping to get a taller bowl out of it but the piece was very rotted at the bottom and I didn’t want to use any filler on this nice piece of wood.
Little does he know he will be receiving this back in a few months when we meet up.

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





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John

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#1 posted 03-13-2021 09:43 PM

That is a real neat job of texturing the side of the bowl Dave. Looks like rope wrapped around the outside. First time I’ve heard of Grapefruit wood being used.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#2 posted 03-13-2021 09:49 PM

The bowl look great Dave! My first time seeing anything made with grapefruit wood At first look I thought the bowl was see through! It’s just my wild imagination LOL! I really like the texture on the outside of the bowl. How did you do that?

Little does he know he will be receiving this back in a few months when we meet up.

- doubleDD

Are you going to meet up with your brother in law in Florida by any chance? Hoping for a 2nd visit with you!

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

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#3 posted 03-13-2021 09:53 PM

Nice!!! Didn’t even know that grapefruit wood was even a thing…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Phil32

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#4 posted 03-13-2021 10:03 PM

One of my first woodturning projects was a grapefruit wood bowl. My uncle started me turning when I was a teen helping him do budding and grafting of orchards. After a graft gets started, the older wood is cut away. Everything below the graft union may be some other type of citrus.
The lidded bowl I made was mostly pale yellow with streaks of brown. Sorry no photos – that was 70+ years ago!

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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Rich1955

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#5 posted 03-13-2021 10:26 PM

That’s an unusual looking piece of wood. Color and grain pattern are amazing. I like the texture on the sides and the shape is spot on. Great work as usual, Dave!

-- Rich

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woodbutcherbynight

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#6 posted 03-13-2021 10:35 PM

Beautiful work, never worked with grapefruit tree.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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Dave Polaschek

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#7 posted 03-13-2021 10:53 PM

That’s a beautiful bowl, Dave! And now you’ve got me shopping for a texturing tool, dang it!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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recycle1943

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#8 posted 03-13-2021 11:02 PM

Beautiful bowl Dave – the color is dynamite and the texturing way way nice

-- 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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LittleBlackDuck

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#9 posted 03-13-2021 11:39 PM

Never been into bowling DD² and never will, but being citric, the texturing gives it apeel I appreciate.

One good thing about a bowl is you can fill it with the shavings/chips and virtually return the full log.

That is one reason I’ll never turn… grapefruit is a no-no with cholesterol lowering medication…

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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Eric

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#10 posted 03-13-2021 11:48 PM

Beautiful turning, it turned out great.

-- Eric, building the dream

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pottz

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#11 posted 03-13-2021 11:52 PM

love that wood dave beautiful bowl,love the shape.now im going to look up that tool,love that rope look.

-- 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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LittleBlackDuck

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#12 posted 03-14-2021 12:16 AM



... love that rope look.
- pottz

Hmmm, kinky bondage?

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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pottz

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#13 posted 03-14-2021 12:38 AM

... love that rope look.
- pottz

Hmmm, kinky bondage?

- LittleBlackDuck


not on daves bowl ducks this forum is pg rated!

-- 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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doubleDD

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#14 posted 03-14-2021 01:23 AM

Thanks John. I’ve heard of it before but never knew where to get any or even if it would be worth it.

Tony, see through? haha. you might want to put those special glasses back on. Either that or you have a heck of a imagination, which you do I’m sure. LOl. The texturing was done with the Wagner texturing tool. Depending how you apply it you can get several different patterns. Cool tool.
When we go visit my sis in law in Mississippi which is planned already she would like to go see her bro in law by you too. We’ll have to wait and see.

Thanks Buster. It’s a thing alright, it even has its own tree. LOL. I guess we don’t see a lot of grapefruit wood around but it is sure nice to look at.

Thanks Phil. Wow I would of loved to have seen that lidded bowl. What a cool wood to start with. You probably thought it was common to use that wood back then.

Thanks Rich. At first I wasn’t going to post it but since it was unusual I thought I’d share it. Glad I did.

Thanks woodbutcher. It’s a first for me too and most likely my last. I wouldn’t mind getting more of it.

Thanks Dave. You’ll love this tool. I think I got it at Woodcraft but not sure. You can get them at a lot of places. Maybe your next bowl will have some texturing?

Thanks Dick. It turned out just the way I wanted but looked better than I thought it would. The mixed color was a big plus.

Thanks Duck but never say never. Before I got a lathe I told everyone you will never see me with one. NEVER, NEVER.
That was 10 years ago and without a doubt it’s my favorite woodworking tool. Again my favorite.
Good point about grapefruit can lower cholesterol medication, I just heard about this myself a few months ago.

Thanks Eric. Yes very pleased the way it turned out.

Thanks pottz. You and Dave Polaschek can buy them together and get a deal maybe. It a cool tool to have in your arsenal.

Duck, I think you’re giving pottz ideas.
Pottz, It just our Duck being our Duck. LOL.

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

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pottz

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#15 posted 03-14-2021 02:13 AM

dman you dave now you got me drooling for another cool tool.swmbo is gonna kill me if i buy more tools.ha ha ive got my one cc that i pay online that she doesn’t see what was spent on what-lol. oh the duck he’s been coming on too me for years,i told him im married!!! fatal attraction?

-- 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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