Pear goblet (bowl? #14)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 03-28-2021 09:16 PM 665 views 0 times favorited 52 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A goblet of Bradford pear (thanks, Kenny) and walnut. Three pieces, turned separately with ¾” tenons and holes, glued together, then finish-turned all together. My first use of a jam-chuck turned from pine to hold the goblet while I sanded and finished the outside.

There was a check running through the pear, so I ended up using quite a bit of CA to hold it together, and didn’t get it sanded as well as I would’ve liked.

Finished with three coats of tung oil, diluted with citrus oil on the inside, and three coats of tung oil (again diluted) alternated with three coats of shellac on the outside.

Started working on this back in January, and if it’s true that we learn from our mistakes, boy, did I learn a lot from this one!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 03-28-2021 09:19 PM

Dandy job, looks good.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 03-28-2021 09:24 PM

Thanks, oldrivers! I’m pretty happy with the end result, but there’s also a lot I think I could do better next time.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 03-28-2021 09:31 PM

Good looking goblet – I really like the vertical grain and it appears to have a ‘curly’ appearance

-- 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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#4 posted 03-28-2021 09:33 PM

That is a real nice piece, Dave! Is that Bradford pear?


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

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#5 posted 03-28-2021 10:20 PM

Thanks, Dick! It’s definitely got some figure going on. The grain looks like there was a crotch or big branch in the next piece up or down the trunk.

I think so, Jim. It’s something Kenny scavenged in Virginia, so I’m assuming Bradford Pear, but it might be true pear. Hopefully he’ll chime in.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 03-28-2021 10:25 PM

Nice! I am going to make a treadle lathe and try some turning.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#7 posted 03-28-2021 10:31 PM

Beautiful turning, love the grain and that walnut piece at the bottom looks wonderful.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#8 posted 03-28-2021 11:07 PM

Nicely done, beautiful wood, what size is it, it looks quite big. Bravo

-- andrek

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#9 posted 03-28-2021 11:13 PM

man your still ahead of me,i just can catch up with you.looks real nice dave,love the combo of walnut and pear.goblets are on my to do list.busy turning some “soaking wet claro” today, hope i dont have your checking problem,we’ll see,or maybe you wont if it goes south-lol.

-- 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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#10 posted 03-28-2021 11:34 PM

Very nice.

-- Julian

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#11 posted 03-28-2021 11:46 PM

As usual very nice work resulting in a fine bowl.

-- Ron

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#12 posted 03-28-2021 11:56 PM

Agreed. That is fantastic work. A real stunner!

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#13 posted 03-29-2021 12:10 AM

Thanks Chuck, I built a treadle lathe, but the motorized version really got me going. Trying to pump the treadle while learning how to turn was just too much to learn at once.

Thanks, Eric!

Andrek, it’s about 4 inches (10 cm) across the top, and 7-8 inches (17-20 cm) tall.

Pottz, I’m trying to keep three or four going at all times, wet ones drying, or fuzzy ones waiting for a final turning, or waiting for the final bits of finish. I’ve got two face plates, and two chucks, plus a few woodworm screws, and usually have three or four of them busy at any one time, plus a couple pieces sitting on the corner of the bench. Keep at it, bud!

Thanks, Julian!

Thanks, Ron! It was a rough one, but it seems to have turned out okay before I ran out of wood.

Thanks, Brian! Means a lot, buddy.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 03-29-2021 12:11 AM

Nice work!

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#15 posted 03-29-2021 12:21 AM

The walnut ring on the stem caught my eye immediately, very nice touch, looks great.

Congrats on the Top 3

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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