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A small (3 inch / 75mm tall, 2 inch / 50mm diameter) lidded bowl, turned from Rocky Mountain Juniper. Finished with homemade friction finish (BLO and shellac) and Ack's Polishing Paste.

This one gave me some trouble. It broke three times while turning it. Here's a picture of the worst:



I persevered and used plenty of glue, so I'm a little proud of sticking it out, but it's not my best work. I did try a bunch of new things, though. The bowl and lid came from a single piece of wood. I hollowed them both, turned the rim, then taped them together to turn them to fit. Took it apart and finished the inside, then taped them back together to finish the outside. Two chucks, two live centers, about 3 feet of tape, and a lot of glue, but eventually I prevailed.

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yes sir Dave - you win another good looking vessel
 

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Thanks, Splint! I tried pretty hard to make sure things wouldn't look goofy when putting the lid on, and I'm glad I stuck with it.

Thanks, Dick! I also learned a lot, which I think is the bigger win.
 

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sounds like it was quite the challenge.but your right, what we learn from mistakes is worth the cost and effort.
 

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Your persistence is admirable and I'm glad it paid off.

That 3rd pic shows darkening in the sapwood. Did you see any beetle galleries in this piece of wood? Or is it incipient rot? Juniper trees are often half-dead for decades, so it could be either?
 

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Thanks, Pottz!

Thanks, Brian! I think the darkening was a little rot. No sign of bugs in there, and if you look at the other edge of the sapwood, that's about the same spot where it cracked when I was turning it. I think the tree had a rough year and some weaker wood there. But this was a "free" piece, as it's a bit I cut off the corner of the chunk I made the larger bowl from, so if it hadn't worked out, I was only out time.
 

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for all the struggles you mention it sure did come out very nice and beautiful GREAT JOB :<)))))))
 

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Nice work, great lidded bowl. Any idea why this came apart?, were there cracks or checks in the wood?, or was it something to do with grain direction & stress from the tool?

Came out great though, really good looking matchi g grain throughout the body & lid.
 

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Thanks, Tony!

Tom, I think there was a weak spot in the wood where the darkening is in picture 3. Maybe a bad year for the juniper or something. That weak spot led to a catch, which cracked across the grain, near as I can figure. I was probably trying to take too big of a cut, but also I may not have sharpened my bedan as well as I thought I had. I'm due for a big sharpening session before I fire up the lathe again, so I'll make sure everything has good sharp edges before my next bout of turning, and I'll be careful about not hurrying.

Thanks! I think it looks pretty good, in spite of the troubles.
 

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Good recovery and nice looking piece!!That is what woodworking is all about…......doing what you have to do to get to the finished product,

Cheers, Jim
 

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Thanks, Jim! Plus, I apparently needed to sweep up the shop, because I had almost a five-gallon bucket of shavings and stuff from under the workbench trying to find the piece of lid that bounced under there.
 

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Beautiful turning Dave, and a nice recovery. Dave 1, Wood 0. Great job.

You mentioned sharpening, I think I am in need of doing the same.
 

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Isn't timber beautiful, looks so good Dave.
 

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Thanks, Eric! Sharpening the bedans and skews is pretty easy. I can do that with the same stones I use for chisels and plane blades. But sharpening the gouges… I still need to get my wolverine jig set up one of these days, but that probably means building a bench to hold the grinders…

Thanks, Peter! The interplay of heartwood and sapwood in this juniper is pretty neat.
 

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Tom, I think there was a weak spot in the wood where the darkening is in picture 3. Maybe a bad year for the juniper or something. That weak spot led to a catch, which cracked across the grain, near as I can figure. I was probably trying to take too big of a cut, but also I may not have sharpened my bedan as well as I thought I had. I'm due for a big sharpening session before I fire up the lathe again, so I'll make sure everything has good sharp edges before my next bout of turning, and I'll be careful about not hurrying.

I've come to really appreciate the message from all the woodworkers who emphasize the need for sharp tools, I spend more time sharpening now than prior, sometimes more than really needed.
 

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Yeah, Tom. I'm still a little streaky in my sharpening. I'll be really good about keeping everything sharp for a while, and then I'll get pinched for shop time or have too many ideas and will hurry into a project without making sure everything is sharp…

I know my 3/8" bedan needs a little TLC, as last time I sharpened it, I noticed a little ding on one spot in the edge, but I don't like grinding away a ton of metal, and I usually use it similar to a skew, so I don't NEED the entire edge to be perfect… anyway, it's time to do a thorough job on everything. And maybe build the new bench for the grinders so I don't have to move things around in order to sharpen.
 

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Your perseverance paid off! The grain flow is right on. Nice job.
 

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Thanks, Barb! It sure helped that I had such pretty wood to begin with.
 

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Glue, tape, and woodworking go together a lot in the shop sometimes. LOL. I love turning cedar and seem to run in the same boat. The pieces will look solid then all of a sudden I see cracks. Still worth the while to work with them.
Good save Dave.
 

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Thanks, Dave! Whatever it takes some times. But the finished result is worth the headaches, I think.
 
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