This bowl was roughed out in the middle of June this year and was turned thinner than 10%. I thought – if it’s thinner it should dry faster! It did but it also warped different than the norm, which I believe was caused by the uneven distribution of heartwood and sapwood. My experience with drying bowls has been that they will warp into an oval pattern. This bowl warped more into a ‘D’ pattern than an oval and I had serious doubts that there was enough wood left to finish turn the blank. There was – but not by very much. Lesson learned for me - I will turn all my stock to at least 10% from now on and be patient. Better to have to wait for a blank to dry than lose the blank all together because I roughed it out too thin for proper drying!
Maple bowl (with some nice curl) 8 ¼” diameter x 3 ¼” high x a shade over ¼” thick at the rim tapering to 3/8” at the base. Four coats of Minwax Wipe-On Gloss Poly and will buff after the finish cures for a week or so.
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As always your comments, critiques and opinions are encouraged!
Thanks for looking!