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Thread: Myoporum Root Ball Bowl

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Myoporum Root Ball Bowl

    Here's one of the latest things I've finished up. It's a Myoporum root ball bowl. I mentioned this one a month or so ago in this thread. It's about 9 1/2" wide x 5 1/2" tall. This stuff dried pretty hard, and it was a bear to get sanded to my liking. (Way too much hand sanding, since I couldn't get my little 2" Grex ROS to a lot of the inside surfaces.) There's a lot of burl figure in the wood, and it is prone to showing scratches.

    I'm still not completely happy with the finish. It's gloss tung oil/varnish mix, with the sheen knocked down a bit with a white Scotch Brite. I'll live with it for a few days, and if it continues to bother me I'll re-do it. I'm not overwhelmed by the form, but it was pretty much where the wood was in the root ball, so I worked with what I had. I wanted to slope the rim a bit differently, but again, the available wood dictated the shape. (If I'd beveled the rim, one of the main chunks of the rim would have been lost.) I also would have liked to turn it a bit thinner (it's about 1/2" thick), but I didn't want to press my luck. I did have one piece detach when I was rough turning it, but after it dried I glued it back in with epoxy and instant coffee, then cleaned up any visible glue with a Dremel. It looks like two pieces, but it's the little dark pork chop-shaped piece in the middle of the second picture right under the rim, and the piece directly below that one.

    Enough's the finished product:

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    Comments, crituques and catcalls are welcome...
    Last edited by Vaughn McMillan; 05-10-2007 at 07:02 AM. Reason: Corrected an error in the description of the loose piece.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    that`s cool vaughn! sooooooo when are you going to sell your tablesaw and planer to buy more spin-crack?
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Mooreland, Indiana
    Really a fine piece, I think the finish is perfect. A glossier finish wouldn't do this any justice. Only you would have known about the pork chop. You've got a good handle on this stuff, keep it going.


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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    St. Joseph, MO
    Unfortunately, I have to disagree with everyone on this one, Vaughn.

    That piece is pig-butt ugly. So, to save yourself further embarrassment, please wrap it up along with any other pieces you may have lying about, and ship it to me. I'll even pay the freight!!

    Absolutely stunning, as usual. Give up your DAY JOB!!!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan
    Vaughn that is one flipping nice piece.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    7,954 like it might leak a little.

    Seriously, as always, a very nice piece - and, I'll bet, a difficult one. Congrats!
    Last edited by Rennie Heuer; 05-09-2007 at 02:21 PM.
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Until I enlarged the photos, I didn't understand the problems you were describing. I'm not sure I would have even attempted the project. Results are amazing and you are to be congratulated for sticking with it. No apologies needed for shape or thin/thickness.
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    My, how embarrassing for you, Vaughn. Another merely incredibly gorgeous bowl! How sad! So, when are you going to start doing something we can really drool over. I agree with Sandy Navas, you really should just send it away and not have that bowl sitting there reminding you of the damage you did to that beautiful wood. And, because I'm a really nice guy, if you want to get it right out of the country you are welcome to send it up here to Canada and I'll take care of it for you. Heck, I'll even tell everyone that I botched it up so they can't point fingers at you. Nice of me, isn't it?

    Okay, I admit it, it's beautiful and you should be very proud of finding that bowl in that nasty old piece of wood.


  9. #9
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    San Antonio, Texas
    I think it's actually quite handsome, Vaughn! But if you don't want it, just send it my way. ;-)

  10. #10
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    Nov 2006
    Smithville, TX
    It looks so tenuous, like it shouldn't be together... I like that. On the other hand... I can't quite put my finger on it, but it is not my favorite piece.
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