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Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 245 posts from scratch.

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If At First You Don’t Succeed… My Green Natural Edge Cherry Bowl

Natural Edge Cherry Bowl

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My last attempt to turn a natural edge bowl from fresh green cherry ended in a near disaster. Half of the almost finished bowl hit me in the face. Fortunately, I was wearing my full face shield.

I cannot fear to turn a natural edge bowl. So I’m back at the lathe again quickly to conquer my fears and successfully turn my natural edge bowl.

This bowl is 11 inches in length and 9 inches across. A natural edge bowl never appears round. It is 4 inches tall. After rough turning the bowl, I waited two days before sanding to avoid sanding extremely wet wood. Than sanded it, turned the foot, and finished the bowl. In the two days, the bowl had started typical warping. It will continue to distort for a few weeks. It is finished with walnut oil.

Fears conquered.

Good turning.

Fruit Salad – Dry Spaulted Apple From Green Natural Edge Cherry

Spaulted AppleMay also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, or FaceBook. Best right here.

I started turning a natural edge bowl from Cherry. Alas, it did not survive. But I did survive despite a hard knock to my face shield.

So I switched to a dry block of spaulted apple that I have from a woodturning club meeting.

This apple bowl is finished with shellac buffed to a nice sheen. It is about 6″ in diameter and almost 3″ high.

To sign the bowl, I used:

  1. My DIY pyrography power supply as described in “Home Made Vaporizer for “Pyrography”/Woodburning
  2. A DIY Pyrography pen as described in “DIY Pyrography Pen And Tip For My Woodburning
  3. A commercial small ball tip for the pen
  4. Head mounted magnifying setup from Treeline.

This is overkill for simply signing but a great setup for woodburning or pyrography.

Good turning.

Lessons Learned In Turning Knotty Green Cherry Bowl

Cherry BowlMay also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook – Best right here!.

I have a bunch of fresh green cherry. All of it has been ripped in half and the ends sealed with end grain sealer.

But before it dries too much, I want to turn a bowl. However, my selected piece of wood has some issues. The biggest issue is a broken limb coming out from one side. The limb is a combination of old dry shattered wood, green wood, end grain. I don’t know how deep this mess goes.

Maybe I should have cut it away before turning or trashed the block of wood to begin with. That is certainly an option.

However, I’ll work the issues as they come to bear. In this case, this approach did not pay off.

The bowl is cherry with walls just under 3/8″ about 8″ in diameter and 2″ tall. The wood is still very green and the bowl feels wet and heavy. It is sanded with beeswax and mineral oil. I’ll store it for a month in a paper bag to moderate its micro climate. Then I expect it will have warped to some degree, but it will also feel dry and much lighter.

Good turning.

Christmas Ornament Challenge Results 2016

Announcing the winners from the 2016 Christmas Ornament Challenge.
The Challenge Playlist is at this link.

Thanks to each craftsperson who submitted their orn0ament and video.

Thanks to sponsors for providing wonderful prizes.

Thanks to each viewer who nominated their choices in the Viewer’s Choice.

Thanks to everyone else who viewed and appreciated the creativity and effort that went into these ornaments.

Thanks to Carl Jacobson for co-hosting the challenge.

Bumpy, Tipsy, Wood Tube From Green Cherry

Cherry Warp TubeThis video may also be viewed on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook. But best right here where you are!

At the invitation from fellow woodturner, Sam Angelo, I turned this 2″ by 7″ tube from fresh wet cherry. This project is fun because when the turning is finished, I go to the microwave to heat it up. With a couple of excursions through the over, the tube warps and takes a shape of its own. The shape is only somewhat predictable.

The wood blank is cut cross grain from one half of a log at one side of the pith.

My process is:

  1. Rough turn and cut a tenon on one end.
  2. Reverse mount
  3. Finish rough turning
  4. Refine exterior.
  5. Drill and hollow from one end. Best tool for this task is a square corner box scraper.
  6. Reverse the wood into deep shark jaws. Some protection for the exterior may be in order.
  7. From scrap, turn plugs to fit both ends of the tube.
  8. Remount between centers and refine the exterior. Remove any marks and defects. Reduce to desired wall thickness.
  9. I cut beads on the exterior to further refine the exterior and to reduce the wall thickness. The thinner the wall, the more it may warp.
  10. Wrap packing tape around both ends wrapping tape around into the inside. This protects the ends from drying too quickly and catching fire.
  11. Microwave on high for a minute. Remove and check progress.
  12. Repeat until the wood is dry.
  13. Optionally, add finish.

My DIY steady rest and new box scraper came in handy for this project

Good turning.