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post #21 of 23 Old 03-22-2016, 05:31 AM
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Thanks for the compliments. The deep red pieces are made of padouk. I believe some comes from africa and some comes from india. All of these particular bowls are from kiln dried lumber. If I can find a pic of turned piece fresh from tree, I will post it. Turned green, most pieces do not crack. They will warp, however, making them appear more oval than round. I do like your idea of filling the cracks with the glow in the dark resin.

I spray lacquer for the finish. while the piece is still on the lathe. After about 5 minutes, you can gently handle the piece.

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Ah, kiln drying.
Is that something which can be done in the home workshop, with small pieces such as your padouk?

Did a little research, though found nothing in regards to smaller / induvidual pieces of wood.
It seems on the 'undesired' effects of kiln drying can be cracking (think it was called honeycombing?)
In regards to the glowy resin, it could turn into a nice feature.

I'm not sure how the cracking might effect the structural integrity of the wood?

I had a good laugh about sharpening tools :D
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I'm sorry for the confusion, The Padouk was kiln dried when I purchased it. What I was too lazy to explain was that the bowl stock was too thin for a bowl by itself so I added a piece of padouk for the base. That allowed me to use almost the full thickness of the oak and resulted in a deeper bowl than If I used the oak alone. All of my bowls, other than from a fresh cut log, are scraps from other projects. So, if a scrap or wood is only 2" wide, it can become the base of a small bowl. In this particular case, the padouk was scraps from some small writing tables I made.

The tool sharpening is not really a joke - well maybe. If you cant sharpen tools quickly, you will never finish a piece of fresh cut log because it will warp and change shape as you are hollowing it. That is one of the drawbacks of sharpening jigs, they are usually not fast enough. When I turn wood, the grinder is constantly running. I just turn around and hit the grinder for a quick touch and one swipe of a small stone which is under 5 seconds total. When I started turning, there were no sharpening jigs that I knew of and I'm glad of that. Otherwise, I would have had one and never learned to do it on the grinder.

Turning green wood is the most fun you will ever have in woodworking. When you hollow out a bowl, you will get one continuous shaving like a never ending ribbon.

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