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    Obscure Stranded Burl Bowl

    This is a bowl I made out of Obscure Stranded Burl (OSB). It's my first segmented piece since high school, and I was fortunate enough to find some stunning red and black paint-spalted OSB to make it out of. (Partially spray-painted scrap that has been outside for a few years.)

    The form is simple, and I didn't get very carried away on the details. The rim is kind of punky, so there are a few chunks missing. (I'll just say it's a natural OSB edge.) No CA was sacrificed in the making of this bowl. It's about 6" or 7" in diameter, and finished with BLO. I'm thinking I won't buff this one.









    So here's the story...

    Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably heard we're doing a box swap. With all the joking going around about people making OSB boxes, I decided the box I made was going to have a domed lid made out of OSB, with the outside filled with Bondo painted with black lacquer. Is it turned out, the box idea I had didn't work (I splintered up a nice piece of 8/4 walnut lumber in my attempt) so I went with another box idea, and didn't have a good way to incorporate the OSB as I'd planned. Since I already had the blank glued up, I went ahead and threw it on the lathe to make the bowl just for kicks and grins. I figured it should make for a good April Fools post.

    Of course, Don Orr actually did turn an OSB box here:

    http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...&postcount=289



    Surprisingly, the OSB cut pretty cleanly with a good sharp gouge. (No long curlies, though.) The tenon was real dicey though. I ended up keeping the tailstock in place and leaving a "post" in the middle while I hollowed it out because the tenon would have snapped off as soon as I started hollowing the bowl out.
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    Snacks!! That's very cool bud. I'd heard of someone doing one of these awhile back and it was murder on tools. Glad it didn't blow up on ya!
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    That looks suprisingly cool.

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    Actually I kinda like it, quite unique in its own way

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    Beautiful grain matching Vaughn, nice proportions of the various segments, precise execution. Job well done.

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    Interesting I'm sure it was tough to do. I bet you were expecting it to blow up at any moment
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    Vaughn

    Along those lines.....

    I am building a one room schoolhouse replica, and have not been able to find a school bell at a price I can afford so I was thinking of making a bell out of MDF and treating it with epoxy, then painting it antique bronze. I really do not need a working bell, so that would be fine. Its stable, and with an epoxy treatment will hold paint very well with a fine finish.

    Have you tried turning MDF? I think it would be messy, but it seems it would turn ok. I have a lathe but I need a rest, and need to learn how to use it or I would just try it.

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    Beauty!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Try the next one end grain
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    Pretty cool Vaughn! That burl sure turned out nice..

    OSB actually does have some interesting grain patterns...

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