Royal Poinciana Bowl

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Project by Mattyb22 posted 12-12-2011 09:50 PM 5038 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second finished bowl. My neighbor took down a large Royal Poinciana tree and put the cut up trunk out by the curb for the garbage men to take. I spotted it and grabbed as much as I could grab in two trips in my SUV. The wood is very fibrous and open pored but is a beautiful yellow with a cool wavy grain pattern. I turned the rough bowl the day I got the wood and then let it sit for about 8 months. I finish turned it and sanded it up to 1500 grit. When turning the dry wood, it smelled a little like burnt popcorn :-). The finish is a coat of blue transtint, then a coat of green transtint, then 25 coats of wipe on poly. I had to build the pores with about 15 coats of wipe-on poly, sand it back to even out the finish and pores, then added another 10 coats of poly. Comments and criticism welcome.

-- Matt, Boca Raton, Florida, "I excel at making sawdust!"

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 12:52 AM

Excellent coloring. Sounds like it’s very difficult to finish… maybe grain filler would help?

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 04:03 PM

Very nice. Unusual coloring. Really like it. Great job.

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#3 posted 12-13-2011 11:47 PM

You have have some very nice turnings Mat.

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#4 posted 01-04-2013 12:39 AM

Have you ever considered using shellac instead of poly?
It’s beautiful.

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