Butterfly dish

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I haven’t added a project for some time and I recently finished this “butterfly bowl” so I thought I would add it to my collection.
I saw one someone else had made several weeks ago and decided to give it a try.
This one is made from Myrtle wood (California Bay Laurel every where but Oregon). I particularly chose this piece of wood because the grain curved at almost the same arc I want the bowl to go in and I figured it would make the outrigger legs less likely to break off with a longer grain.
It is 8.75” long, 3.5 inches wide and without the lid it is 2.7 inches tall. It currently has a coat of clear Danish oil and when it cures I will add a few coats of wipe on varathane.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 03-08-2011 03:26 AM

Very nice, I am assuming that this is your first one? Kind of funky running those legs with all that air in between them. A real tool grabber if you aren’t careful?

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#2 posted 03-08-2011 06:26 AM

A wondrous creation with clean sweeping lines. You will have to blog and show us all how to make one of these soon.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 03-08-2011 06:58 AM

It’s a very impressive piece. Looks difficult to do.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 03-08-2011 01:25 PM

These are fun pieces to turn…

Click for details

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 03-08-2011 02:22 PM

Les that is a great looking box. I redid the lid to my box last night and will post the revised pictures soon. Great job.

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#6 posted 03-08-2011 07:57 PM

Thanks guys. A blog is not needed for this one because if you go to Brian, toyguy’s, project above he has a link to a fellow who has made a video about it. Wish I had seen the video sooner. My technique was slightly different from his but not enough to blog about.
One thing I would do if I made it again is to glue a 1/2” strip of waste wood on each side of my blank to prevent chip out during the turning. Fortunately I only had a little chip out and it was easy to trim off. The waste wood than can be removed when finished. It might also help prevent any potential split off of the wings if you use plywood or orient the grain of the waste wood at an angle to closely match the arch of the wings. I would be cautious about getting the wings to thin because they do flex while spinning.
The whirring noise it makes while spinning is a bit disconcerting. Just be sure you know where your fingers are at all times and at 3000 + rpm don’t stand where the piece can hit you if it comes off the chuck. If you have a safety cage like my Powermatic lathe has you might even use that. I took out a window in my shop once when a piece came off.
Have fun and be safe.

-- Les B, Oregon

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