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    my fifth first bowl!

    I have been trying to turn a bowl. I'm pretty sure this is my fifth first bowl after the others suffered one unkind fate or another in turning. Those were some pretty difficult designs for a beginner and less than friendly woods. I got some soaking wet cherry that was a tree last week and decided that it was time to quit making excuses and make a bowl. Nothing fancy or super thin, just something round and hollow with a little luck. This is the result. A slight taper towards the top, not obvious in the photo. Fairly thick walls and the design is heavy and clunky looking. About five and a half inches wide, should finish about four inches tall. Ought to make a lid for it and make it my first lidded box, not a bad idea although a little late to match the grain. Whatever I do with it, I'll have to turn a lollipop in the morning to be able to hold it and clean up the bottom.

    This is roughed in after it showed some signs of splitting. I'll see how round it is in the morning. Might slice and dice on it a little more if it held shape well, if not I'll sand some more. I was able to start with twelve grit sandpaper and have it smoothed down to sixty grit then I put a little mineral oil and followed that with the butcher block oil. I'm going to have to get something to finish with if any of this stuff starts looking like a finished bowl.

    Here it is , hopefully!

    Hu


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    For some reason the photo didn't upload correctly, Hu.

    On your sandpaper grits, are you sure you're not missing a couple of zeros? I suspect you meant you went from 120 grit to 600 grit instead of 12 to 60 grit. Also, not sure if you realize it, but many "butcher block oil" products are simply repackaged mineral oil with a higher price tag.
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    Vaughn,

    A bit tongue in cheek, twelve grit is the heaviest sandpaper I have ever seen, looks like it has gravel on it. Needing twelve grit and getting to sixty grit being an accomplishment was a slap at my turning skills. I was actually pleased with the outside surface quality after a few light shearing passes. Hope I have enough wood left and it is fairly round though, I like the inside of that bottom corner less every time I look at it and I don't like the outside much either. Lookout number five, you are getting on shaky ground!

    This stuff claims to have some other things added but I suspect is mostly mineral oil, that is what it cleans up with. Twenty dollars a quart at home depot hurt my heart but somebody else's knives were getting ruined after they loaned me a fully furnished home after Hurricane Isaac. The knives came out well although the handles won't last long if they start going through the dishwasher or being left in standing water. Not knowing much about wood finishes I was concerned about them being food safe and I refinished the knives without asking. If somebody didn't like the oil a few trips through the dishwasher should take care of that!

    Edit: I tried to create an album and put the image in there. It seemed to have worked, I don't know what happened. I haven't used site albums before.

    Hu
    Last edited by hu lowery; 04-14-2013 at 07:53 PM.

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    12 GRIT!!! That must be when you hold a lava rock up against a piece. Really interested to see the pictures. At this point, the 12 grit erased your work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chip Sutherland View Post
    12 GRIT!!! That must be when you hold a lava rock up against a piece. Really interested to see the pictures. At this point, the 12 grit erased your work.

    The humor was lost when the picture didn't work or went away. I thought they were supposed to stay if you used them within an hour, seems like they disappeared anyway.

    The only time I have really seen 12 grit paper was back in the eighties when I had a body shop. My supplier had a box of 12 grit disks on the counter and I asked about them. He said that he had been special ordering them for a couple years for another body shop and they liked them. The really heavy stuff is used to cut the paint away and score deeply into the steel to be ready to put body filler on. I used 36 grit for this, very aggressive but it looked like 600 next to the twelve grit. That stuff would send fiberglass and plastic auto bodies like they use today into the air like confetti. I don't know if the superthin steel of today would survive much better.

    I don't know how I can post a picture, just have it on my hard drive. The bowl did live and is on the shelf as my first ever. It is ugly but done is good enough. It was time to make the first and move on.

    Hu

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    hu check your PM box i sent you instructions on how to post pics on here easily
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    hu check your PM box i sent you instructions on how to post pics on here easily
    Larry,

    I appreciate it. For some reason I wasn't noticing anything but the option to post from an URL. Looking again my display is confusing, looks like the site has the option to post from the computer turned off. Should be in business now. Fixing to try to send you an e-mail to the second address in a little bit. Shoot me a PM if you don't get it.

    These are the images of the completed bowl. Not much but the good thing is that it does leave me plenty of room to improve! It is about five and a half inches diameter by four or a bit more tall. Edit: Looks like I posted one image of the work in progress, I think both are now. Finished isn't much different except the tenon was removed and I rounded the bottom corner a bit more, still an ugly bowl.

    Hu
    Last edited by hu lowery; 04-16-2013 at 06:03 AM.

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    That's not bad at all, Hu. Heck, I've see worse bowls, and not all of those were first attempts, either. Doing the square corner at the bottom is extra tough, even for experienced guys.

    Keep 'em coming.
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    Not bad for the first fifth or fifth first, either way looks good.
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    Looks good to me.
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