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post #1 of 15 Old 04-21-2011, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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simple purpleheart bowl

This is the second bowl I have made.
very simple design but it is my second. I am getting pretty good at sharpening, that purpleheart burns up these cheap harbor freight tools.
I guess Its better to practice with these cheapos before I buy some real tools!
anyway let me know what ya think




This is finished with the first coat of spray-on gloss poly.
not sure how many coats will end up on it.

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Ive just recently gotten my hands on purpleheart for the first time a couple of months ago...mad respect! Talk about dense! I would be intimidated turning it.


Looks good!
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I turned a purple heart pen today. Now all I have to do is wait for it to turn purple...
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Second bowl eh? Great job. That purple heart is tough stuff and whether you call this a simple bowl or not, you definitely nailed it. Awesome work.

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Looks like you did a good job Slick.
Purple heart is one of the denser woods. Try a piece of canary wood if you get a chance. One of the nicer woods to turn. Not hard on the tools and sands and polishes up to a super smooth finish. I made a gearshift knob for my jeep about 4 or 5 years ago. It feels good every time I drive it.
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The purpleheart bottle stoppers I've turned are always crowd pleasing, but I've yet to try a bowl or anything more complex, so kudos to you for giving it a go!

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Looks good from here! Nice job and keep em coming.

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Beautiful work!

I've been turning for about four months now, and haven't yet the cajones to turn a piece of purpleheart that the Ol' Lady picked out...

You'll think most other woods are warm butter after that!

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Very impressive to have done that with those cheapo tools. I used them for years but never tried them on purpleheart.

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Purple heart is one of my favorites. It is hard to work with but the finished product is always worth it.

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simple purpleheart bowl

A # 1 beautifull piece,you done did good

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Yeah this wood is extremely dense! Unfortunaly It's my fiances' favorite :(
Those "Cheapo Harbor freight" tools aren't that bad, like I said i would rather learn on these tools then the expensive ones.
I turned an egg for easter out of hard maple and it was butta! much easier to turn then the purple heart!
I'm actually glad I made my first couple bowls out of the harder denser stuff. kinda like boot camp lol!

I am having issues with the finish. It still looks "bumpy" smooth bumpy? I sanded and finished again and again! still looks bumpy?
It is finished with tung oil, and now has four coats of spray on poly.

now back to the egg, the finish on it is astonishing... I did three coats of WOP satin finish then three coats of spray. It is beautiful!
I just wish the damn bowl was as flawless as the egg! any ideas why this is happening to me? (the bumpy finish on the bowl) the only difference is I used a tack rag (brand new) on the bowl before I put the first coat on it.

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Slick,
I've turned some wenge and found the same thing...
My guess is that it is the nature of the grain...
I gave up trying to fill all the "pores" in it and am happy with it...

Gotta go to brunch, I'll put a pic up later...

And I suspect, the folks in the know will be along shortly to really explain what's going on...

Good luck!

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My guess is that it is the nature of the grain...

And I suspect, the folks in the know will be along shortly to really explain what's going on...
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I do not think it is the grain, It would actually look more like "puddles" or "thick spots" that would look almost like a run but its not a run. It almost seems like someone waxed it before the finish was applied. That is not the case. I will try and post pics again later.

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