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post #1 of 8 Old 11-13-2010, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Finally I completed a bowl!

I finally completed a bowl without it blowing up, flying off the chuck, splitting, catching, gouging, going too thin, etc. It was from some nice maple I recovered from our local park shop in town before it became wood chips for God knows what. It's about 7 inches in diameter. Finished with laquer and Antique wax, which brings up a question. If I want to pop the grain what's the best method? There was a little curl in this wood that the laquer doesn't bring out. I have several more pieces of it from the same tree and future projects will be made with the slight curl in mind. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-13-2010, 08:57 AM
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That looks great!! Congratulations on a trouble free bowl. I can't say that I've ever had one of those. Fantastic job man!!!! Nice shape and nice looking finish.

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I can't say it any better than Kenbo. Way to go!!!

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ACP,
Nice job on the bowl. Now you can see why such a simple shape really is a complex turning. Shellac helps bring out the grain. It can be lacquered over. Are you sure that wood is maple, looks like ash in the pics.
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post #5 of 8 Old 11-13-2010, 10:56 AM
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Congrats on your first finished bowl. Very nice design and finish. Keep up the great work and hope to see many more. As far as finishing I also use Zinsser Bullseye SealCoat (a shellac with out waxes) before Lacquering it helps grain pop and seals end grain so lacquer builds up more evenly.

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All right, great job on that bowl. Now get back out in the shop and get some more done so we can see #2#3.
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Try some BLO to pop the grain.
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Thanks everyone! I appreciate the comments and advice. Mike, I think it's maple. I get a lot of stuff from the park shop, but if I remember this one still had leaves when they brought it in and was maple. I could be wrong though. It had tight pores though, I know that for sure.
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