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Maple cup (bowl #17)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-17-2021 08:58 PM 460 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cup (a tall skinny bowl, right?) turned from western big leaf maple. The blank I had was a 4” cube, so I held it all different directions looking at the grain, and decided to turn it with the grain oriented spindle-style, meaning it runs almost straight up and down on the sides. It’s a different effect than you usually see, I think, and I like the way it came out.

Finished with homemade friction finish made of BLO and shellac.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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#1 posted 04-17-2021 09:10 PM

nice one buddy.

-- 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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#2 posted 04-17-2021 09:19 PM

Nice – my lathe hasn’t learned how to turn anything but it sands real well

-- 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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#3 posted 04-17-2021 09:25 PM

Thanks, Pottz! Thanks, Dick!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 04-17-2021 09:33 PM

Nice work, I like the grain orientation, looks good.
You seem to be enjoying the lathe so much that I think I’ll have to give mine a go now that I’m in between furniture projects. I have some 12 quarter maple and cherry left from prior projects, keep looking at it wondering what I could make. Think I’ll follow your examples and start making some cups and bowls.

-- "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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#5 posted 04-17-2021 09:50 PM

Thanks Tom, it’s fun, but I’ve ended up with three bowl gouges and four scrapers trying to tame the end-grain a guy encounters trying to turn bowls.

The lathe has been perfect for spring planting season. I can take a break from digging holes in the yard and rough out a bowl in an hour or so, then throw it into the corner of the shop to dry for a week or two before I get back to it. It’s a lot easier to find an hour than to find the three or four it takes me to build another Jefferson bookcase.

It also encourages me to keep my turning tools sharp, so I guess it’s improving my character, too. ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#6 posted 04-17-2021 10:30 PM

#17-#19 are a nice progression in your skill set dave.

I half expect some competition for the Indian potters if you add some paining to #19, lots of learning under your belt!

Spring planting? You realize S.F. usually has it’s last freeze sometime in August right? 8^)

A common question has been “What do you do in northern NM for the summer?” and the answer is “If it falls on a weekend, we’ll have a BBQ”

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#7 posted 04-18-2021 12:46 AM

You did well sorting the grain Dave.

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

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#8 posted 04-18-2021 02:08 AM

Thanks, Splint! I thought about pottery with that one, but more Winnie the Pooh’s “Hunny” jar.

So far all the plants are doing well. We got a bit of snow today. None stuck, but the ground looked a little damp for a minute or two. Hoping for a bunch tonight. We really need the water around here.

Thanks, Peter!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 04-18-2021 03:14 AM

Another nice turning Dave. I like your comment about a quick break to spend a little time in the shop.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#10 posted 04-18-2021 03:35 AM

Thanks, Eric! I also have a knife and a chunk of wood on both of our outside seating areas so I can whittle on a birb a bit if I’ve got time there. Plus there’s one in the truck, too. Keeps me out of trouble and helps improve my skills a little.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 04-18-2021 03:44 AM

Staying out of trouble, that’s no fun.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#12 posted 04-18-2021 04:25 AM

Nicely done Dave. I enjoy turning into the end grain. Great minds think alike. If I only have a hour or 2 I’ll go play on the lathe.

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

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#13 posted 04-18-2021 12:18 PM

It keeps my sweetie happy, Eric.

Thanks, Dave! The other thing that I’ll do with an hour or two is sweep up the shop. With the lathe around, seems I have a lot more shavings and sawdust everywhere. Go figure! ;-)

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#14 posted 04-18-2021 12:22 PM

Yes, we must keep them happy Dave.

As for cleaning the shop, I push the chips under the lathe, or other tool, then at some point down the road pick everything up.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#15 posted 04-18-2021 01:16 PM

Dave yesterday while waiting for lawn to dry up more before cutting I went on lathe for a hour with a 34’’ log to round it out. Quickly swept up 3 jewel bags of shavings and ran into neighbor when dumping. He says can I have that for some mulch. I said sure.
After couple hours of grass cutting went back to do a little shaping of that log and had another 2 bags of shavings.
Went to dump it and neighbor says you got more? What are you doing making that stuff? I looked at him and answered basically YES. LOL. He took those too.

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

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