The bowl that almost wasn't...

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Project by J posted 02-01-2014 11:09 PM 1801 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second hollow turning – spalted maple – I have most certainly developed a love hate relationship for this wood. It looks so nice when finished, but the tear-out and different hardness of the wood present some challenges.

The stats:
Spalted maple
Blanked while green, finished turning after drying
6” wide x 5” deep 3/8” wall thickness
Finished with paste wax

I cut the blank for this wood several months ago so it was turned dry, but the real story is after I had turned it and sanded to 220 grit I dropped another blank onto this nearly finished vessel. The lip spilt on its way out of the chuck and several large cracks formed up the sides. I was able to glue everything back together, except there is a small chip gone from the bottom ring.

Aside from the near disaster end the seeming endless sanding I feel that I have learned quite a bit about turning, set-ups, sharpening, etc..

Thanks to the wood turners here on LJ’s, without their shared wisdom I feel my learning curve would be much more painful.

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#1 posted 02-02-2014 12:36 AM

I think I have a log of the same tree..ha. I saved a log from the house we sold back in the summer thinking I would turn it into a bowl to remind us the place. It’s been on and off the lathe about 3 times now but still hasn’t made it to the burn pile just yet. I think I will step back, sharpen my tools up and give it one more shot…thanks for the motivation.

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#2 posted 02-02-2014 01:53 AM

Awesome looking bowl. One of a kind I’m sure. Well done.

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

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Glen Peterson

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#3 posted 02-02-2014 02:15 PM

I feel your pain. I have a piece of salted maple on the lathe now. Some spots are just spongy. I tried using liberal amounts of CA. Your bowl is beautiful, very nice shape. You started by saying this is your second hollow form. I’ve turned many hollow forms into bowls by inadvertently cutting through the sides. It usually happened near the base so there wasn’t enough of the sides left for the pieces to become bowls.

-- Glen

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#4 posted 02-02-2014 06:20 PM

Glen – perhaps I used the wrong language when I said “hollow form” – a bowl it is then. I did not really have much choice in the shape, I merely took off the softest portions from the blank.

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#5 posted 02-03-2014 02:29 AM

Stunning piece of wood, and a good job turning it. There is always something to learn, that’s what makes this hobby so interesting.
Thanks for showing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#6 posted 02-03-2014 08:22 AM

Very dramatic looking bowl. Your persistence certainly paid off.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 04:41 PM

Great save, it came out really beautiful with those grains and figures. Like the shape and finish. Great job!

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#8 posted 07-16-2017 11:59 AM

Wow! This bowl is so outstanding and the wood is fantastic. It displays very nice craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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