Black Walnut Inlayed Candy Bowl

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This bowl was turned from a piece of Black walnut and inlayed with a piece of inlay banding that I purchased through woodcraft or Rockler. I do not have a decent picture of the bowl inside but the middle is slightly cone shaped to allow candy or peanuts to roll to the edge of the bowl to allow easier grabbing.

I am lucky to have friend that is an arborist who gave me several large logs of black walnut for various projects. This particular piece was rough turned then sat drying in a box of its own shavings for about a year.

The idea for the inlay came simply by accident, I turned the bowl and was thinking something was missing or that it needed more. I just happened to look up and see the edge banding I had bought for a jewelry box and the light bulb went off. (granted a very dim bulb) This bowl has an exterior dimension of about 8” and 3” tall which allowed the banding to easily bend around the bowl without breaking.

I used a flat nose scraper to create the grove for the inlay and what you can’t see is that there are several small grooves under the inlay to allow for the glue to expand through and adhere to. To line up and cut the banding to the right length I fit it into the groove about midway through the part I was going to use, then I taped it on using blue painters tape. Once this was done I slowly rotated the bowl (Still chucked on the lathe) Warning!!!! pay attention to the banding so it does not get caught and break while rotating, (This has been an experience Warning) once it is rotated tape the ends about 2” from where you want your cut then I used a small sharp chisel to cut one end then I taped it about 1/4: from the clean cut to allow it to stay flat on the bowl. Then I repeated the process for the other end to allow for a perfect tight fit.
I then removed the inlay banding and spread a thin coat of a light colored wood glue on the back of the banding and allowed it to get tacky. Next I applied titebond Dark wood glue to the groove in the bowl with a small brush (a regular metal glue brush will work but use the T Mac tip of cutting the bristles shorter for better control)Then insert the banding and once again start in the middle and tape it then work your way around each side taping it down as you go once it was all taped I let it sit for 24 hours to dry.

When the tape was removed I lightly sanded it various grits to 600. (NOTE: if your grove is a little deeper then the banding is thick this is the time to use a sharp scraper and take very small cuts to remove the excess wood, then resand. I then started the finishing process with about 3 coats of watco natural Danish oil. I then proceeded to apply CA glue over the top of the banding to fill in and nicks, chips or porous bits as added protection. then sanded the whole piece to 12,000 grit and finished with about 9 or 10 thin coats of spray lacquer sanding the final coat with 4k, 6k, 8k, then12k grit sanding sheets.

This was my first attempt at doing an inlay on a bowl and I am curious to see what everyone has to say. By the way I have only been turning about 1 1/2 years so I know there is still plenty to learn. So be gentle I am fragile. lol

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#1 posted 09-04-2013 04:47 PM

Love it, looks great!

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#2 posted 09-04-2013 06:57 PM

Great job with the inlay application and thanks for your detailed production notes. Once I get into bowls shortly this will give me some inspiration. I have plenty of walnut logs just asking to be turned into such a nice piece as yours.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#3 posted 09-04-2013 09:01 PM

This is a beauty – NICE work and thanks for the details.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#4 posted 09-04-2013 10:51 PM

This bowl is for sale at my Funky Finds shop RAW Wood Design by Gene if anyone is interested as well as the Whiskey Barrel and some other turned items.

And I am very glad you all liked the bowl.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#5 posted 09-04-2013 11:01 PM

A very nice bowl, the black walnut looks great…. but who took all the candy…:)

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

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 06:15 AM

Looks great! How does the website do?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 09-05-2013 08:45 AM

I’m pretty new at turning too. I want to try a segmented bowl one of these days. Like your bowl!

-- Have an Ordinary Day ~|:-)

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 02:09 PM

@Dave candy doesn’t last too long around here.

@Topamax the Funky finds site is new for me I have only had it for a few weeks but it is cheap and I have had a few people in my area down here3 in Texas tell me they sold a bunch of stuff, But they also sell cheaper then me and damn near give stuff away. They don’t seem to understand that there time has value as well as the components of the piece not to mention electricity, wear and tear on tools and machine components. You have to make a profit at some point. I also looked at etsy but that looked like a bunch of crap made out of china, being that I saw several 12”+ bowls that where identical selling for less then $30.00each at those prices I am not even going to turn my shop lights on.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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#9 posted 09-05-2013 05:03 PM

Great looking bowl. I agree with you – people frequently under price their work and we all pay for it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 09-05-2013 05:16 PM

Very nice, thanks for the description of how you did it and the warnings.

-- - Terry

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#11 posted 09-06-2013 02:11 AM

Good Luck with it. Not sure why so many want to work for less than cost of production? But, they do ;-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 09-06-2013 03:28 PM


-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#13 posted 09-07-2013 10:09 PM

Really beautiful, Gene. Hope you don’t mind if I ‘borrow’ your idea. Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of a compliment!


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#14 posted 09-08-2013 02:37 AM

No problem Ron just give me credit for the inspiration, since the more people that here about my wood adiction the more chance i have of getting a gallery showing ans selling something one dday. :-)

Everyone stay tuned if you think the bowl was cool just wait to see what I post tomorrow afternoon. So how is that for a teaser.

-- Failure is always an option. :-)

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