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Small cedar bowl (#19)

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-17-2021 09:24 PM 503 views 0 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small bowl turned from a 3” cube of Spanish cedar. I had quite a bit of tear-out while hollowing, and eventually just stopped, leaving the inside in fairly rough shape, but I managed to undercut the rim and get a somewhat pleasing shape in the end, I think. Not great, but another nice bit of education from the wood.

Took quite a bit of sanding, and I shellacked the bowl multiple times during sanding, using the shellac to help stabilize the wood as I went. I think if I try turning Spanish cedar again, I may try stabilizing it first.

Finished with homemade tung oil and shellac friction finish.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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Oldtool

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#1 posted 04-17-2021 09:52 PM

Looks good to me, outside and inside. When viewing the pictures, I never noticed any internal tear out.

-- "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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Dave Polaschek

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#2 posted 04-17-2021 09:55 PM

Thanks! I sanded a lot of it away, but it felt pretty gnarly even after the first (heavy) coat of tung oil, so then I had to wait for that to dry and then go back and sand it away.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 04-17-2021 10:20 PM

Nice work!!

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

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mafe

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#4 posted 04-17-2021 10:26 PM

So sweet, Winnie the Pooh’s honey pot!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#5 posted 04-17-2021 11:00 PM

Somebody been BUSY. Almost makes me want to get a lathe, again…..no room, though…

Looks good….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 04-18-2021 12:14 AM

i love the shape of that one,nice work, as long as you learn a little from each one their all good my friend.

-- 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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#7 posted 04-18-2021 12:40 AM

Looks okay to me Dave, but looked it up to see why the tear out issue. Considering the following you’ve done very well.

Workability: Spanish Cedar is easy to work with both hand and machine tools. However, due to its low density and softness, Spanish Cedar tends to leave fuzzy surfaces if not machined with sharp cutters; extra sanding up to finer grits may be required to obtain a smooth wood surface. Also, natural gum pockets can remain wet and may ooze out onto the surrounding surface, which can clog and gum up saw blades, and make finishing the wood a challenge.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 04-18-2021 01:56 AM

Thanks, Butcher!

Mads, I was thinking it may need to say “Hunny” but decided that could be a later embellishment.

Yeah, Bandit. Thanks! I’ve been turning bowls when I get a spare moment, and usually have two blanks screwed onto faceplates ready to go, and a few sitting in the corner drying after the first rough turning.

Thanks, Pottz!

Yeah, Peter. Thanks! I think the low density would be helped by stabilizing it first. Or having Really Sharp Tools, but it’s probably easier to get the stabilizing rig set up again for multiple reasons.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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sras

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#9 posted 04-18-2021 02:33 AM

Looks good Dave!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Dave Polaschek

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#10 posted 04-18-2021 02:37 AM

Thanks, Steve!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#11 posted 04-18-2021 02:56 AM

Looking good Dave, not seeing any issues with the inside. And it has a nice shape.

-- Eric, building the dream

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therealSteveN

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#12 posted 04-18-2021 03:12 AM

I like that shape, and to be so small. Just looking at the pic I would have thought 12” tall.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Dave Polaschek

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#13 posted 04-18-2021 03:31 AM

Thanks, Eric. I probably sanded away a 16th on both the inside and outside with the 60 grit to hide most of that.

Thanks, SteveN! I don’t know that I’d even try something that big today. Fiddling with small pieces of wood is fairly cheap as I’m learning, and I have fun working small.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 04-18-2021 04:32 AM

Never seen a chunk of Spanish cedar, only thinner pieces I used for lining humidors. Looks cool Dave.

-- 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 04-18-2021 04:35 AM



Never seen a chunk of Spanish cedar, only thinner pieces I used for lining humidors. Looks cool Dave.

- doubleDD


go to cooks woods thats where he got it,ive bought wood myself they sell good quality stuff.

-- 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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