Eastern Red Cedar bowl #001

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Project by palaswood posted 01-02-2014 06:45 PM 2535 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl represents two firsts for me, and I couldn’t be more pleased. First Eastern Red Cedar bowl and first bowl turned from a bowl blank purchased online (ebay).

The main pic has a shined up stick of reclaimed poplar that had some nice figure, just added for contrast in the pic – I think i’ll make a marking knife out of it. The bowl is finished by sanding on the lathe to 220 and then hand sanding with the grain from 180 ALL the way up to 2000. The progression was 180 > 220 > 320 > 400 > 600 > 800 > 1000 > 1500 > 2000 > Watco Danish Oil > Tissue Paper. The sanding alone took about four hours, but I was enjoying a Star Trek Enterprise marathon, so it wasn’t all that tedious. T’pol … :)

I failed to take any measures to limit cracking in the blank (which was waxed covered and green, and smelled amazing btw) so many splits and fissures appeared after turning, some even by the next morning. I don’t hold the end result to any expectations so cracks don’t bother me, although I will try some additional steps next time if even as much as covering the workpiece with plastic after turning.

The blank contained a large knot, so I figured it would crack anyway and thus chose it for my first “test” piece out of the four I purchased. I got all four for EIGHT bucks (+ $12 shipping). Very happy, so hit up Genosawmill if you want some quality blanks on the cheap.

I almost went with a shallow dish when I saw this grain pattern. A part of me still regrets not stopping here and featuring this amazing figure. None of my other blanks have knots either, so its noted for future reference.

All in all, cracks aside, i’m quite pleased. I have 3 more cedar, 1 bradford pear and 4 walnut bowl blanks ready to turn, and this here little endeavor has provided me with much motivation to continue!

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#1 posted 01-03-2014 01:33 PM

Looks gr8

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#2 posted 01-03-2014 02:12 PM

Nice looking bowl. Nice choice with cedar. I have bought blanks from Genosawmill in the past also. Good deals. Just a suggestion, try some sanding sealer on the turning, it soaks in great and seems to prevent a lot of unnecessary cracks before finishing.

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

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#3 posted 01-03-2014 06:01 PM

thanks dave, ill pick some up. Any brand suggestions?

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#4 posted 01-07-2014 02:27 PM

Beautiful bowl! Like the shape and the grains look amazing with your finish. Great job!

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#5 posted 01-07-2014 07:40 PM

thanks @fishinbo It takes forever to finish, but the shine you get is worth it.

-- Joseph, Irvine CA, @palas_woodcraft on Instagram

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#6 posted 12-06-2017 08:23 PM

This bowl turned out nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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