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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-19-2021 09:14 PM 698 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A 5×5x3 blank of some wood I had never heard of on Cook Woods website. It was on sale, so I figured “what the heck!”

There was a soft spot in the wood, so when I started turning it, I lost about a third of the height. And the holes I put in mounting it on the face plate were too close to the eventual edge. But after letting it sulk in the corner for most of a month, I finally realized I could clean it up by sanding off the top half-inch or so. Did that, and used some of the sawdust to fill the holes. I’m still not especially happy with it, but it’s done and my sweetie thinks it’s pretty.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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crowie

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#1 posted 03-19-2021 09:20 PM

I hope you’re getting some discount from the Cooks Store with all the beautiful timber you’ve been purchasing and turning in artworks.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 03-19-2021 09:26 PM

Good looking bowl and really interesting lumber

-- 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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splintergroup

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#3 posted 03-19-2021 09:40 PM

If you ever get into Abq, check out Abq exotic woods. Last time I was in there (at their old location) they had several rooms packed with shelves of bowl blanks. Prices were “not bad” and I bought several that I use for veneering.

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Dave Polaschek

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#4 posted 03-19-2021 10:23 PM

Peter, I’ve been prowling their bargain bins, and I think everything I’ve bought has been on “sale” though I’m not sure if they just always have some stuff marked sale.

Thanks, Dick! Wish I could remember what kind it was, but Cook doesn’t include a packing list with the wood, and I tossed the email receipt before turning this. But given the soft spot in the wood, I’m not sure if I’d buy it again or not. On the picture of the bottom, you can see the end grain getting fuzzy on both ends, which I’m sure was at least partly my fault, but also it was just plain soft.

Thanks, Splint! I’m going to have to come down to ABQ fairly soon. Gotta get my BMW motorcycle serviced, and that’s the only dealer around with the right computer to tell the bike “ok, you’ve phone home, and can turn off the idiot light now.” Maybe I’ll swing by there before or after.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Tom Regnier

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#5 posted 03-19-2021 11:13 PM

Very nice Dave…It’s got great color.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 03-19-2021 11:26 PM

Thanks, Tom.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#7 posted 03-19-2021 11:42 PM

Looks good great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 03-20-2021 12:51 AM

Thanks, Oldrivers.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 03-20-2021 12:54 AM

Nice turning Dave, would have never guessed there was a problem with it. And you have been busy turning.

I placed my first order from Cooks today, then placed one from PSI. My next few projects, goal is at least one a week.

-- Eric, building the dream

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woodbutcherbynight

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#10 posted 03-20-2021 01:29 AM

Nice work, you have been busy.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 03-20-2021 01:33 AM

Thanks, Eric. I’m trying to have one or two drying after the initial turning at any one time. Ideally I’ll get a bit of a backlog once I get less busy with bookcases and other projects, and don’t spend so long fixing my mistakes.

Thanks, butcher. Something every day.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#12 posted 03-20-2021 01:36 AM

What mistakes? Isn’t that character in an artistic way?

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 03-20-2021 02:02 AM

My most common turning mistakes are catches, which I turn away again if I can, and tear-out, which is me trying to go the wrong direction for the grain, and again, if there’s wood left, I will turn it away. Or patch with sawdust and CA. Or sand. But all of those take time, and don’t really add anything.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 03-20-2021 02:30 AM

I like the thicker walls on this particular bowl. Good job. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#15 posted 03-20-2021 02:46 AM

nice dave,you say you wouldn’t buy it again,i dont know man thats some sweet looking wood!

-- 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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