Cedar Bowl#62

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 06-15-2013 01:56 AM 1913 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a test bowl I turned from an aromatic cedar log that was 3” bigger than this finished up. I wanted to test the bowl shape, the grain pattern in the finished piece and and the ease to finish for two upcoming projects.
The log was turned with the grain in line with the lathe so there was no end grain in the bowl. I centered on the pith and that meant this thing was running way out of round until I got it trued up and centered on the red section. Everything was okay except the finishing. I’m not thrilled with it. I used EE and Shellawax and I will try using lacquer on it for final finish. It seemed too dull. I don’t know if that is the way cedar is. It is very soft, turns like butter and smells so good. That dark red circle in the side was a branch when I started. I used this end with the branches on for the test and the other half will be for the next project/
It is 5” diameter and 2 1/2” high.


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

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#1 posted 06-15-2013 02:37 AM

Beautiful job Jim. Love the coloring. I had a cedar turned box with the same problem. I experimented with a sanding sealer and polycrylic and came out super glossy. Maybe I got lucky but it has worked a few times.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 06-15-2013 02:43 AM

Jim you have done it again, what a beautiful bowl…the grain and the colour…it’s perfect.
thanks for sharing some thing so exquisite.

I am really going to show I am a beginner woodworker now…..You mention this thing often, what is EE?

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 06-15-2013 02:51 AM

Another great bowl Jim! Always enjoy looking at your new turnings.

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#4 posted 06-15-2013 03:23 AM

Boy o boy Jim, bet the shop smelt fabulous after turning this piece, great colouring. like the shape you have with this one, vbery nice indeed

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 06-15-2013 03:26 AM

Beautiful wood, even more beautiful bowl.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-15-2013 03:35 AM

Very pretty…

COOL grain…

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 06-15-2013 03:48 AM

Great looking bowl Jim, fabulous grain on the wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#8 posted 06-15-2013 05:46 AM

Nice natural colouring Jim. Great shape

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#9 posted 06-15-2013 07:48 AM

Wonderful turning Jim. The cedar sure is beautiful wood. I wish we had it available here.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 06-15-2013 10:09 AM

Very nice great looking piece.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 06-15-2013 10:23 AM

Congratulation on a beautiful Bowl Jim, love the shape. unfortunately cedar being a soft wood is Hard to get a perfect finish.
It would help if you finish it with a coat of Sending sealer first, this will help harden the wood and give you a better finish,

Cheers Tony.

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#12 posted 06-15-2013 10:45 AM

Great job on the bowl. Always admire your work. I have said several times when I get as good as you then I will be happy.

As you most likely know I turn a lot of cedar and even turn a lot of end grain. End grain is almost impossible to get a real smooth finish no matter how much you sand, but as someone mention, using a sanding sealer does help, but with what I use it changes the natural color for me. The sealer I use is Mike Mahoney utility oil. The down side to this for me is you need to wait about three days before applying the finish, but it works great and I use it on all food grade bowls. If you rush it I have found out the utility oil will bleed through the finish so I wait.

Want to mention once again for those that may have not read my warning about turning or working with cedar. That smell is great but it can cause some serious lung problems. I know I learned the hard way and ending up going to the doctor. Be sure and read up on working with cedar before working with it a lot and always wear good protection.

Someone also mention that cedar wasn’t available in their part of the country. What we lumberjocks should do is share different type wood with each other. I have plenty of cedar and there are a lot of woods I can’t get my hands on without paying a high price.
Just something to think about.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#13 posted 06-15-2013 11:51 AM

Great looking bowl!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#14 posted 06-15-2013 11:52 AM

beautiful bowl,great work.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#15 posted 06-15-2013 12:50 PM

Jim….you never fail to amaze!!!! Another gem sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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