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Thread: Salvaged Donut Bowl

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Salvaged Donut Bowl

    I turned this walnut bowl a while back and funnelized it. As you may recall:

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    I ended up gluing a scrap chunk of quilted maple to the bottom and making it into a foot.

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    On the inside of the bowl, I was unable to get a good clean transition from the dark walnut to the light maple. Since the edge of the existing walnut was feathered into the maple, and things weren't exactly centered when I re-chucked it all, I just couldn't get it looking right. I ended up trying to hide the plug with black enamel paint. I poured the paint in about 1/8" deep, hoping to bring the level of it high enough to make for a clean "joint" between the black and the walnut. It looked OK, but after about 3 weeks, the enamel is still pliable, and anything left on it for long enough makes an impression in the surface of the paint. In the true spirit of "if you can't fix it, bury it", I decided this would become a chip 'n dip bowl. I turned another walnut mini-bowl to sit inside of the bigger bowl. After leaving the little bowl in place for a couple of days, the black enamel now has a perfect imprint of the foot of the small bowl, and the little bowl it fits nicely into the depression in the enamel.

    It's the cheater's way out, but it's better than hanging the donut on the wall of the shop as a reminder. The wood was too pretty to waste.

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  2. #2
    Nice recovery Vaughn! That's what separates pros from hobbiests.....the method of recovery!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Hey, you are not as blonde as you look

    Man, that is a GREAT idea!!

    Nice save!!

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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    s. Barrington,IL.
    Great recovery Vaughan.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great recovery Vaughn. I have did that on a couple of bowls that my wife uses as candy dishes. I get more comments on those than I do the other bowls.
    Bernie W.

    Retirement: Thats when you return from work one day
    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    The Woodlands, Texas

    Good Job Vaughn...

    Hello Vaughn,

    We learn more from our mistakes than our successes! Your adaptation and improvisation are to be commended. Great Job! Take care and all the best to you and yours!

    Improvise, adapt and overcome... Words to live by.
    Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

    Steve Russell
    Eurowood Werks Studio
    Professional Studio Woodturner

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