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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 04-18-2021 08:56 PM 519 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turned from myrtle, this bowl is about 3.5 inches diameter, and just over 3 inches tall. The outside cooperated fairly well, but my gouge and scraper were getting dull as I went to finish the inside, and I had some significant tear-out in the end grain. I ended up soaking the wood in tung-oil and then hand-sanding quite a bit to get a smooth finish and use a little of the sawdust to fill the worst of the tear-out. Then shellac and tung-oil friction finish, more hand sanding, and more brushed on coats of shellac.

It would’ve been a lot quicker to sharpen my tools first, but I’m still learning to sharpen the bowl gouges, so I waited too long and did too much damage before figuring that out. I think I did an ok job of rescuing the bowl in the end, but it was a lot more work than it should’ve been.

There’s some really striking grain in this chunk of myrtle. This is one of those pieces that shows off what the wood can be, I think.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 04-18-2021 09:36 PM

Beautiful wood. From what I can see you did a good job with it.

On the sharpening of bowl gouges, when I worked at Shopsmith I just freehanded mine. A case of being lucky rather than good :-)

A friend who is a serious turner suggests this guys video, and follow the link he has on the video, for a reference about finding the absolute correct angle. I call it the angle of the dangle, but he doesn’t use as much gauge as the video guy does, and they are sharp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRqcth2rBaE

-- Think safe, be safe

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recycle1943

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#2 posted 04-18-2021 09:51 PM

Nice but the Osage still wins

-- 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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Oldtool

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#3 posted 04-18-2021 09:53 PM

Looks like the sculpted exteriors are a favorite, nice w ok rk.

-- "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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#4 posted 04-18-2021 10:24 PM

You very have been finding some beautiful timber Dave and doing in justice

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

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Eric

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#5 posted 04-18-2021 11:18 PM

Wow Dave, this is another like, that myrtle sure has some pretty grain

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 04-19-2021 01:56 AM

Thanks, SteveN. I’ve got a Wolverine jig, but haven’t set it up yet, so I’ve been free-handing, and getting ok results. Not great, but ok. We’ll see how it goes after a few more.

Thanks, Dick!

Thanks, Tom!

Peter, I’ve been ordering it online, and I guess I’m getting really lucky. Definitely happy with my purchases, though.

Thanks, Eric!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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doubleDD

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#7 posted 04-19-2021 02:48 AM

Oh another one from Myrtle beach. Good looking bowl. Yep dull tools = more sanding but that’s why they invented sandpaper.

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

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 04-19-2021 02:52 AM

Yep, Dave! One of these days, I’ll learn, especially if I have to keep hand-sanding to get it right.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#9 posted 04-19-2021 03:25 PM

Gooden

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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Eric

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#10 posted 04-19-2021 05:01 PM

I say sharp tools, cuts like butter. Never liked sanding

-- Eric, building the dream

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Dave Polaschek

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#11 posted 04-19-2021 05:14 PM

Thanks, Oldrivers!

Yeah, Eric. Still learning to sharpen them, though. Lots to learn.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Eric

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#12 posted 04-19-2021 08:03 PM

I hear you there Dave. If my dad was still around I know he could teach me. He used a leather strop, old school like the ones barbers used.

-- Eric, building the dream

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