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Maple Bowl with Walnut Handles

Over the last two weekends I made this bowl.

It’s made from a maple crotch, so there’s a big bark inclusion going right down the middle, and you can see the center rings from both forks, one on each side of the bowl.

It’s been a while since I did any turning, and I had to re-learn the right feel of how to present the tool on the work, especially with the bowl gouge when working the inside.

Here’s how it ended up after last Saturday. There were several rings and gouges that I wasn’t really happy with, but it was getting late and I wasn’t getting any better.

I left it on the faceplate though, so that I could put it back on the lathe later if I felt more motivated.

Well, the weekend passed and I decided that I wasn’t going to be satisfied with how thick the walls were, or the big gouge marks, so I put it back on the lathe and started thinning things down.

I did have several more catches which ruined the rim and I had to make the bowl shorter to clean them up. You can see that the bark inclusion is now all the way through the rim, where there had been solid wood on the rim before.

Unfortunately this meant that the bowl was much weaker. I actually tightly wrapped the bowl in masking tape while turning the insides so it wouldn’t fly apart. The base was screwed to the faceplate too, so there was enough support.

In fact, once I took the tape off, I could grab both sides of the bowl and make pull them apart a little bit. To compensate for the weakness I drilled two holes on each side of the crack on each side of the bowl, and made these walnut handles from a log I had sitting around. The handles have pegs that fit into the holes in the bowl. I put some watered-thinned wood glue in the crack, and then glued the handle pegs into the holes.

After that, I did one more pass with 1200 grit sandpaper and wiped it all down with a mix of mineral oil and beezwax.

The handles are slightly offset, but I still like it. It was great to get back to turning. I’m glad the weather is getting warmer!

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Christmas Tree Ornaments

I’ve seen these (and many fancier ones) wooden turned ornaments online and I decided to try making some.

One of the nice things about these was that they didn’t have to match or look any particular way. I could just turn them and let the wood determine how much to cut them and where.

I turned these all on the lathe. Once I got going each one took about half an hour to make. That’s still much longer than they should take, but much less time than it takes me to make a bowl or a rolling pin, or whatever.

These were lots of fun to make and I’ll be making more of them this coming year for sure.

After turning them on the lathe I sanded them down to 500 grit, then applied paste wax to make them shiny.

I ended up making five snowmen and two christmas trees. The ligher wood is apple, the darker wood is walnut.

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Oak and Maple Salt Shakers

I made a set of salt and pepper shakers for our kitchen.

I started by cutting squares of maple and oak and gluing them together.  I glued up a single stack with the salt and pepper shakers all together. One they were dried I then turned them on the lathe to get them round.

I had some end grain tear out so I sanded it starting with 80 grit and went up to 1200.

 

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I used the miter box to cut the two shakers apart.

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Then I used the belt sander to flatten the top and bottoms and to make both shakers the same height.

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I then used the drill press to drill out the hole for the salt and pepper.

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I used a spade bit for the initial hole and then used a forstner bit to create a recess for the top of the cork.

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I also used the drill press to drill a P and S on the tops. Sophie asked who the S one was for and was disappointed that it wasn’t hers and that I wasn’t going to make her one.

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The pepper shaker is oak with a single maple band, and is a bit darker than the salt shaker which is maple with a single oak band.

I finished the outsides with a couple of light coats with Watco Danish Oil. The insides are unfinished.

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