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    Default Handcrafted Bowls

    I bought a lathe a few months ago and have been making bowls ever since.













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    Very nice work, tell me about the lathe???
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Very nice work, tell me about the lathe???
    It's the Craftsman 15" Benchtop with variable speed. Not the biggest and best out there, but it has worked well so far.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doug1980 View Post
    ...have been making bowls ever since.



    nice work!!!

    Curious, how are you drying your birch? I've got a bunch or burls, some have cracked some haven't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowbear View Post



    nice work!!!

    Curious, how are you drying your birch? I've got a bunch or burls, some have cracked some haven't.
    I use various methods. I usually rough out the bowls then use a homemade kiln to dry them. It only takes a few days, but does cause them to crack a bit. The other way is to rough out the bowls and then put them in a box with the shavings and let it dry. This takes weeks or even months, but usually very little cracking. I try to turn burls or any wood soon after cutting it, instead of leaving them lay around. This way I have more control of how it dries.
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    Thanx, I've never tried to turn'm green. I've just let them air dry for a year or more, sometimes inside some outside. Outside doesn't seem to work as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowbear View Post
    Thanx, I've never tried to turn'm green. I've just let them air dry for a year or more, sometimes inside some outside. Outside doesn't seem to work as well.
    The trick is to leave about 10% more than your desired finish and make it as even as possible so it dries evenly. There will be some slight warping, but it is wood afterall.
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    lookin good doug! should make some outa railroad ties
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    Just beautiful.
    What do you finish them with?
    Be nice to see the steps, from log to bowl.
    I heard some guys get the round, cut/split it in half, paint the ends & dry for a few months.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudbuddy View Post
    Just beautiful.
    What do you finish them with?
    Be nice to see the steps, from log to bowl.
    I heard some guys get the round, cut/split it in half, paint the ends & dry for a few months.
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    Thanks. I've been using all sorts of stuff to finish them. For food safe I use mineral oil, beeswax or walnut oil. For non food safe I use Mylands friction polish or Minwax wipe on poly. I'll post a process thread from start to finish with pictures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doug1980 View Post
    It's the Craftsman 15" Benchtop with variable speed. Not the biggest and best out there, but it has worked well so far.
    The turner has more to do with the end product than the lathe. I have been using a late 40's early 50's Rockwell that I had to hand make most of the parts for. Ya cant tell wich pieces came off the antique and which came off the new lathe.
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    I had some pics posted, one of the moderaters want to explain why I cant post a couple of pics! Feel free to delet this and send a PM, but I'd like an explanation!
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    I am obsessed with these bowls. I wish I knew how to make them... would be fun to explore that art, and the wife would love it.

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