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post #1 of 8 Old 11-05-2009, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Box elder bowl and box

I had some box elder sitting around collecting dust (regular dust) so I made a bowl and a lidded box. The bowl was an exercise in making good cuts so as to eliminate a bunch of sanding and also to maintain an even wall thickness. It turned out pretty nice. The walls are about an 1/8" with the bottom a bit thicker. It measures just under 8" x 3".
The box was a fun little project. I added a padauk top piece to have something to grab onto. My wife will probably put earrings in it.
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Congratulations, gorgeous work. Intrigued as how you put name etc on base, laser?, stencil?
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I really like the bowl. Good shape and cleanly done. I always enjoy boxes. I'll bet that was fun.
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Thanks guys.
Johnep,
I put my name on my pieces with a thirty year old, $9.95 sears woodburner. I think they now sell for about fourty bucks. I let it heat up for about ten minutes before I start.
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Mike that is some nice work as usual. Love seeing your work. did you turn the bowl with a tenon and then cut in a recess on finishing or did you use the recess to chuck into? I haven't tried using a chuck into a recess yet.

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Awesome bowl Mike very clean and crisp look to it and as I commented before on your turnings the bottoms, very nicely done.

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That's very nice work Mike. I really like the recessed bottom on the bowl. Do you have a square edged scraper to clean up the bottom of the box?

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John D,
I am trying to remember what I did on the bowl. I normally turn a tenon to fit my dovetail jaws on my chuck. I have a set of bowl jaws that I use after finishing the inside of the bowl in order to get rid of the tenon. That's probably what I did. I have turned bowls using the recess, but that's a little chancy when you have a lot of wood to remove.

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I don't have a straight scraper. I was using a bowl gouge to cut the sides. They follow the outside contours. I used it on the bottom also. It has a fingernail grind which lets me get in the corners on a box like this that has pretty open access.
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