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 Post subject: Jeff Fox Elm Bowl
PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 4:08 pm 
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I made a trip to DC a few weeks ago and hooked up with Jeff Fox. We swapped some green for a lathe he had and he also hooked me up with some very nice turning stock.
This is the first of a few coming off the lathe in the next few months.

It is what Jeff had labeled as Elm. I'm not sure which kind American Elm or Russian.

This was a nice cut crotch piece that was showing some spalting.

Here it roughly turned round before shaping.

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It has some nice crotch figure

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Here it is starting to get shaped

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The bottom too be.

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Here it hollowed to final size

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The blank had several areas of bug holes and the spalting.

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More to follow.

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I decided to fill the holes with a mixture of dry coffee grounds and thin superglue. It was the first time I used it as a filler. Harder to use than I though it would be. But it sanded good and looks great.

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Here it is after the second wipe on coat of 50% marine varnish mixed with mineral spirits.

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And one more look at the bottom.

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I have to let the varnish dry for a few days. After that I need to mount it on the vacuum chuck and finish turn the bottom.

I like how the coffee filled the holes and blended in well with the spalting.

Once the bottom is finished turned the whole piece will get about 5 more coats of varnish then buffed.

Thanks for looking.
I will share the finished piece when done.

Once again a BIG thanks to Jeff for the wood stock :-)

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Recon you Nailed that 8) :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

Very very nice.

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That would be American Elm. :-D

Nice job, can't wait to the rest. 8)

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Beautiful!!! Thanx for showing the progress pics, too.


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what a nice sized bowl.... looks great too

were the coffee grounds instant coffee or regular?

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Thanks for the nice comments guys.

Lawrence, I used French Roast Maxwell House dry grinds. I wet the holes with thin superglue.
Then sprinkled in some grounds. Then dripped on more superglue. Then added more grounds. Finally drizzled on more glue.
The idea was to fill the holes and saturate the grounds. While it was wet I even pushed the grounds into the holes with the glue applicator tip.
It was messy and the tip got covered in grounds.

I let it dry overnight

I used a swan neck cabinet scraper to level the filler close to the surface. I followed that up with sanding from 80#-400#.

I also went through the 4 grits of scotchbrite pads I have. This left the surface smooth and ready for a finish.

I am using marine varnish mixed 50% with mineral spirits to thin it. I break the nibs with a gray scotchbrite pad between coats.

I will take some pictures when it is all done.

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After you take the pictures, you can box it up and mail to me nailer! :lol: :wink:

Looks spectacular with that spalting and crotch grain! The coffe grounds idea is pretty cool. HAve to stea. . . err borrow that idea as well sometime.

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