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PostPosted: Thu Apr 22, 2010 7:23 am 
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Seems I have the natural edge bowl bug right about now. Very much fun, and learning lots about how to preserve the bark (keep it on), and that a vacuum chuck should NEVER be used for a natural edge bowl, DAMHIKT.


This one is sassafras, measures about 9x5 and weighs in at a heavy 6 ounces.


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WOW Ox, I had to pull it over to the big screen for this one. BEAUTIFUL! Looks like you end up turning some air with this kind of bowl. That's got to be a little scary.

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THANK YOU!!

Found that these really aren't all that hard, they just look it. The worst part is sanding after they're dry.


On vacuum chucking to turn off the foot....

The bowl's not round after it dries.

When spinning, the wings pull outward, breaking the seal.

Bye bye bowl.


Other folks may have better luck, but it didn't work for me.


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Oxhoward, nice live edge. I am trying to work up the courage to try that. Did you turn it to that stage while it was green? How did you keep the bark from flying off? Do some types of wood hold their bark better than others?

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Capm Ed wrote:
... Do some types of wood hold their bark better than others?


Some do but I can't name them at the moment. The best way to ensure keeping the bark on the live edge is to harvest the wood in the winter time when the sap isn't flowing. Spring and summer is not a good time for it. If you notice the bark starting to crack off or come loose, a liberal application of CA/Super Glue can often save it.

Ox -

I don't have my vacuum chuck set up quite yet - got all the parts and pieces just draggin' m'feet. Check on the wood movement vs holding in one. I'll remember that.

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These were turned while wet, although like Dennis said, harvested in the winter.

As far as species goes, I'm sure some work better than others. The sassafras worked great (used a little CA after dry). I also had some success with cherry and a piece of walnut, will post pics later.

For the turning, keeping the bark on isn't bad, but you have to remember to always work the tool from the top of the bark in, or you risk knocking off some bark. I also found that when turning to the final thickness on the inside of the bowl, it helped to slow the lathe down a bit, so the C-force doesn't sling off the bark.

A little CA in the weak spots goes a long way.

I lost the bark on two of these, but one was a vacuum chuck accident, and the other was running the lathe too fast to keep the bark on.

These were turned to around 1/8 - 3/16" thick while wet and just let air dry naturally. Total dry time just a few days.

Final sanding a chore, but worth it in the end.

After a final sanding and spit coat of sanding sealer, I turned off the tenon on the bottom almost all the way, and then trimmed off the rest of the way by hand. Oil finish.

Very light and fragile, but kind of neat!


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Will the chips be good to make a soda?


very pretty bowl lean and clean

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I realize I'm viewing this post a long time after the original post, but why don't I see a picture? Just x's.


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djg wrote:
I realize I'm viewing this post a long time after the original post, but why don't I see a picture? Just x's.


Because Oxhoward has deleted his pictures. Believe me, they looked great!!!

PM or e-mail Oxhoward and maybe he can post the pictures again.

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