Boxelder Bowl

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Project by TheDane posted 01-29-2013 09:34 PM 1389 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was turned from a section of log that I won in a club raffle a few weeks ago.

The log was almost 12” in diameter, but when I got the bark off there was quite a little deterioration. I wound up with a bowl 8” in diameter and 3” deep before sanding with a good deal of material removed with the sander to get rid of some of the punkiness.

The log was actually about 16” long, so I had enough material left over after cutting the disk to make some pen blanks. Less waste in the fire pit, and some really nice Freedom Pens to boot!
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-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 01-29-2013 09:43 PM

Very nice. I bought a hunk of flaming box elder, which is not an elder tree BTW. I’m waiting on some finish to dry before posting it.
Actually I should say it’s not an elder or a boxwood, it’s a maple.

Lovely wood and easy to turn, rather punky though.

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 09:48 PM

Looks Awesome! Love it!

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#3 posted 01-29-2013 09:50 PM

COOL COOL wood… and project!

Wonderful work!

Thank you!

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#4 posted 01-29-2013 09:55 PM

RussellAP—We have a lot of Boxelder (or Box Elder) around here, but a lot of the guys in our club don’t like it because of the punkiness.

I had a [email protected] of a time reversing it on the lathe … the first attempt was to turn a socket in the bottom, but that split out when I tightened the jaws on my chuck. So next, I turned a tenon which also disintegrated when I tightened the jaws. The third time was the ‘charm’, but I lost close to an inch of height.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#5 posted 01-29-2013 09:57 PM

hi that is very nice lovely piece of wood and great piece of turning


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#6 posted 01-29-2013 11:53 PM

Good save Gerry. Nice looking bowl.

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