fathers day bowl, made from Hawaiian Mac Nut

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Project by Blake Thornton posted 06-20-2011 12:29 PM 2552 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ordered this wood green from Hawaii, super easy to turn fairly dense, really pretty grain pattern & colors.

power sanded to 800 and it shined up super nice.

Gave it to my dad for fathers day

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#1 posted 06-20-2011 01:13 PM

Wow! Fantastic grain to say the least! Bottom is as dramatic looking as the inside.
You have one lucky dad.
Thanks for sharing with us…

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 03:08 PM

This piece has a tremendous grain sturcture and you have turned in a way to compliment the grain….
Great Piece!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 03:11 PM

Wow…......what and exciting piece!! Thanks for sharing!!

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

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 04:32 PM

You did a fantastic job showing off that grain, in my opinion!

Very interesting piece of wood to work with.

I’m sure it was well received, and deservedly so.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 05:15 PM

Beautiful work… ...I love the form you turned, it really lets that fantastic grain shine! I’m sure your dad was as blown away by it as the rest of us! I have been dying to get ahold of some macademia because I love the way it looks… really made this piece of wood shine.

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 08:47 PM

Very nice turing on the bowl Blake. I live right down the road from a Mac Farm. There was a bad wind store awhile ago and I was able to cut up about 15 trees from the farm. That is really nice wood to work with, but I find it cracks really fast…allot of water in them.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Blake Thornton

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#7 posted 06-21-2011 09:39 AM

you are so right… it cracks super easy. I ordered two pieces he cuts them with the heartwood in so that increase the likelihood of cracking even that much more. I got one that cracked almost all the way through. The other one started cracking but we waxed the bejesus out of it and kept the crack small enough it didn’t interfere.

I turned it thin so it might warp, hopefully it wont crack… there might be a little one on the bottom I’m watching it closely to see if I have to soak it down with CA.

The bottom ended up much thicker than I wanted it but when I reverse chucked it I forgot to mark where the inside bottom was (which I meant to cut down to) so I had to guess. It’s about 1/2” or 5/8ths where as the walls are between 1/8th and 1/4th.

I’m still learning each time I turn something, and one of the things I have the biggest problem with is consistent wall thickness, and transitioning from walls to bottoms without ripping big chunks out.

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