Wet Bowl Bradford Pear

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 02-11-2012 02:09 AM 1770 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Neighbor from old neighborhood cut down his Bradford Pear about a week ago. I couldn’t wait to try it out…I’m sure it’ll be cracked tomorrow, but he brought me 4 large chunks, so I figure I’ve got 7 more to do.

Cut the log in half on the bandsaw. Too lazy to swap out the 3/16 blade, so winged it…kinda scary a few times, but got it split in half. Made a feeble attempt to round the corners to a semi circle, chucked it up and went to town with the EWT rougher. In fact, the entire project was done with the EWT rougher and finisher. Wife loves the live edge

I figure eventually I may chuck it back up and smooth it out if it isn’t too cracked, but for now it’s a rustic bowl with what I think is a great shape. 12L x 10W x 6H with about a half inch or less thickness.

Time to clean the wood spit off my glasses. Hope it inspires someone else. Have always wanted to try a fresh piece of wood I didn’t have to pay for.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 02-11-2012 02:25 AM

Nice job, I hope it stays solid.

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 05:11 AM

Nice bowl, love the live edge. I put my green turnings in a paper bag and put them under the kitchen sink for a month or so. Seems to stop them from cracking but you still get some distortion..

-- I have so many projects on the go, guess I'm not a "finish" carpenter!

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 06:38 AM

A great looking bowl a real work of art.

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 06:41 AM

Nice bowl. Also I would know what I would do if I actually had to pay for wood ever.


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#5 posted 02-11-2012 10:09 AM

Very cool looking project, and the live edge gives it that much more character.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 10:16 AM

You did a wonderful job on this. It looks really good. Personally I would be surprised if it cracks since you have turned it with what looks like a uniform thickness.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 12:56 PM

I don’t have the patience to wait 6 months or more for a bowl to dry. I turn my bowls to just over final thickness, then microwave them for a minute or two at full power depending on the thickness of the green wood. Be sure to write down the green weight of the bowl before heating, then weigh it each time before the next cycle. After the bowl cools from the high power heating, I use the defrost by weight cycle that’s built in for defrosting meat. When the bowl stops loosing weight, its dry enough to start coating the hot bowl with tung oil or whatever you are going to use for a finish. I’ve had great luck drying my turnings using the microwave.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 02-11-2012 01:30 PM

Thank you for all the great comments. Since I have enough to do several pieces, I’ll give both Hals and Tim’s suggestions a try. Might have to wait till the wife is out for the day before I use the microwave though….oddly, she’s a bit particular about what I put in the micro, especially when its no edible.


-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 02-11-2012 03:16 PM

I’ve heard you can soak it and dry slow to prevent cracking. Som,e production co. Do this. Google it and see.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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