Roughed out my biggest bowl yet, 16" chinese elm

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Forum topic by bobasaurus posted 11-28-2021 05:08 PM 608 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-28-2021 05:08 PM

Big ol’ chinese elm log, free from a family friend:

Getting close to max capacity on my G0733:

Outside finally done, it was pretty rough for my little 3/8” flute bowl gouge:

I left the tailstock on while hollowing initially for support:

All hollowed out:

Roughed to shape, leaving it thick. I’ll let it dry for about 6 months in a box with the wet shavings before finishing:

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#1 posted 11-28-2021 06:23 PM

Great start. Hope it dries well.

Probably an unnecessary comment but I see it appears you have already patched a crack with CA glue (or epoxy) so I would check it frequently as it finished drying because I have found that some cracks can be stopped with CA glue if caught early.
If you want to speed up the process check out microwave oven drying. There are lots of articles on line so I won’t elaborate here. I use the brown paper bag method and again watch for small cracks that can be stopped with CA.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-28-2021 06:31 PM

I love turning Chinese Elm. Can’t wait to see it finished.

-- That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...

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#3 posted 11-28-2021 08:45 PM

Sweet jumping jeebus on a pogo stick, Allen! That’s a big’un! Looking forward to seeing the finished result.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 11-28-2021 09:02 PM

Wow, that is huge! Hope it finishes well.

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#5 posted 11-28-2021 10:55 PM

Thanks for the comments. I did fill the cracks with thin CA glue and sawdust (a few times to be sure they’re good and filled). Hopefully will halt the cracking, we’ll see.

I have another blank this size from the other log half, I’ll give it a try soon.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#6 posted 11-28-2021 11:30 PM

man thats big,and gonna be beautiful when done.hey there is a bowl turning swap for next year just getting started you should think about joining us,lots of fun.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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