2013 Christmas Bowls

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Project by McLeanVA posted 02-07-2014 08:43 PM 1528 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completely forgot to upload these onto LumberJocks at the end of 2013.

These bowls all came from logs I came across in the local area. All listed as firewood by various homeowners and tossed to the curb. I love you CraigsList. :)

They range in size from 11” round to 8” round.

Tried my hand with water-based aniline dyes on the two red ones. Really easy stuff to work with. All finished with Danish Oil.

Species by the numbers:
1. Maple with aniline dye
2. Weeping cherry with a hint of sapwood.
3. Weeping cherry with more than a hint of sapwood.
4. Good old American Cherry (my favorite wood of all times)
5. Maple with aniline dye
6. Weeping cherry with some really smooth grain flow

As always, I hope you enjoy and that inspires someone else to try using aniline dyes in their next project.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 02-08-2014 12:16 AM

Nice selection of turnings : )

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#2 posted 02-08-2014 01:00 AM

Very kool. I’ve been wanting to try some of that type of dye. All is very kool, but, I really like the red one. Thnx for posting

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#3 posted 02-08-2014 02:54 AM

Nice looking bowls and great saves. Good to see some stuff from ya.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 02-08-2014 07:56 PM

Very nice. I particularly like the shape of the largest cherry bowl.

-- Glen

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#5 posted 02-10-2014 02:34 PM

Nice bowl Chris. What’s the bottoms look like?

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 02:49 PM

Hey Jim. Don’t you worry about the bottoms. :)

Kidding. Some of the bottoms have a very gradual recess and others have a 1/8” hard recess. Spent a lot of time on the bottoms unlike my first few bowls. Clean bottoms separate the men from the boys.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#7 posted 02-12-2014 02:48 PM

Beautiful set of bowls! Great shapes, has very nice grain patterns and smooth finish. The red ones are really eye catching. Great job!

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 07:46 PM

Chris, I was just wondering if you had come up with a neater way to hold them on the lathe when finishing the inside of the bowls. I debate on whether to glue a sacrificial piece on the bottom or do the recess.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#9 posted 02-18-2014 05:53 PM

Hey Jim,

The last few bowls I’ve done, I tweaked my process a bit to better suit my needs. I keep the tenon on the foot of the bowl until the very last step. I turn and finish-sand the inside, then I turn the outside (as much as I can get to) and sand. When I am happy with the sanding and shape of both inside and outside, I throw on my jam check and reverse the bowl so that I can carefully turn the tenon off into a recessed foot. The last few minutes are very slow as I turn the ever-decreasing tenon down. Then I snap it off and sand it off the lathe.

All of my finishes are done off the lathe.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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