Wide Rim Shallow Oak Bowls Cut Green

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Project by RobertJ posted 12-19-2012 08:27 PM 1390 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed a series of light oak bowls that were 11 5/8” to 13 5/8” wide with a shallow 3” depth (5” max) and a sharply cut exterior profile. I’ve made and sold 7 of these bowls and have enough firewood left to make 2 or 3 more. The process of acquiring the firewood, turning, finishing and selling the bowls transpired over a 4 week period.

The wood was green, cut easily and experience very little (if any) warping. The bowls stabilized quickly because of the consistent 3/8” to 1/2” wall thickness. I finished the bowls by sanding immediately, followed by a 2nd sanding and re-cutting of the rim within a week. I then buffed the wood with tripoli and white diamond followed by 2 coats of lacquer and one coat of Formby’s tung oil finish which I buffed out the same day with a very light pressure using a Beale white diamond buffer and a Beale carnauba wax buffer. On some of the bowls I chose not to use any lacquer. This process of cutting green wood and finishing within a week was discussed at length in an earlier post and continues to work for me and those who purchase the bowls. It is, however, dependent on the wood and the cut….the process does not work on every wood source.

I have been continuing to use one thumbnail cut bowl gouge to rough cut the exterior and interior with a single face-plate mount at the foot of the bowl, using a radius cut scraper only at the bottom-inside of the bowl. The remainder of the surface is fine-cut by using the side of the thumbnail cut gouge in a pushing motion. This probably only works well on green wood but sanding time is dramatically reduced.

Why am I bringing all this info to the table? It’s simply amazing to take a chainsaw to a green log, mount it, turn it in one night, complete sanding and finish within a week and sell the bowl to a happy customer within 3 to 4 weeks. And yes, I have some of these same bowls that have been sitting around my home long enough to know that there is no additional warping or change to the finish occurring. Again, this cannot be said of all woods that I have worked with in my short two years of turning. I love it!

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#1 posted 12-19-2012 08:50 PM

Another fine turning Robert


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#2 posted 12-19-2012 10:24 PM

Great looking bowls. Love the shapes. I have been turning that shape lately with dried blanks and have a bunch of green blanks covered in Anchorseal. Might try to pull a drying blank out and experiment. Thank you for the details on finishing technique.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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