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A neighbor had a large poplar taken down (at least I think it's poplar). This chunk of trunk decided it wanted to be a bowl instead of firewood. This is the largest diameter that my lathe can handle. Electric chainsaw for the cornering. Faceplate mounted and reverse turned offset with my 1/2" bowl gouge for the roughing. Waxed and set to dry. Probably six months or so before it's reached moisture equilibrium for final turning. Hopefully this can be ready for the holiday sale.

This was the first time I've tried to tackle a hunk of wood this size with my Nova 1624 lathe. I don't have the outboard turning attachment so I was reverse turning this with the head set at 45 degrees at least until I had the blank rounded to the point where it would not hit the bed.

I hated having to remove all of the figure in the fifth picture to rough out the inside of the bowl, but I don't have the funds to get one of those nifty bowlsaver thingies that would have allowed me to make many bowls from this blank; more's the pity.

This was as green (and wet) as you can get when I turned it. I'd estimate the blank still weighs ~20 lbs and it was turned on Sunday. I applied a coat of wax to the exterior to minimize checking. I realized that I am out of anchorseal so I used Minwax finishing wax, which is much more difficult to apply to a wet blank and much more expensive. I need to get some more anchorseal, which is a wax dispersion or emulsion (if you want to get technical).

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Fun stuff.

BTW, If you have one nearby, the Rockler version of Anchorseal is quite a bit cheaper than the name brand stuff but is exactly the same and possibly even manufactured by Anchorseal. In fact when I checked the SDS to see what is in it, the Rockler MSDS is nearly identical to the Anchorseal II MSDS.
 

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Fun stuff.

BTW, If you have one nearby, the Rockler version of Anchorseal is quite a bit cheaper than the name brand stuff but is exactly the same and possibly even manufactured by Anchorseal. In fact when I checked the SDS to see what is in it, the Rockler MSDS is nearly identical to the Anchorseal II MSDS.

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Thanks for the tip. The local independent woodworking store here sells some Rockler stuff so I will have to check to see if they have that wax emulsion.
 
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