Sunday, 17 August 2014

Project #5 - Firewood Bowl (Part 1)

I had seen an interesting style of bowl recently, and I thought I would give it a try. It required that the piece of wood that I use must still have its bark.

I found a piece of wood in our stack of firewood, so I am not sure what type of wood it was. It came from a tree in our garden somewhere that we had trimmed back a while ago.
The piece of firewood that I selected
In the picture above, you can see the patch where I have removed a strip of the bark. I had to trim the wood down in size a little, and then mount it on the lathe.

Piece of wood mounted on the lathe

I turned the outside shape first.
The bowl is starting to take shape

Sunday, 8 June 2014

Project #4 - Purple Heart Table Leg (Part 2)

I have now finished turning and sanding the table leg.
Purple Heart table leg
I have let it stand for a while, and you can already see the purple colouring coming through. I am going to let it stand and oxidise for a while longer before I varnish it.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Project #3 - Calabash bowl from Blue Gum log (Part 2)

I have started to hollow out the inside of the calabash.
Hollowed out inside of Blue Gum calabash
Because this came from a branch, it has many interesting cracks and knots.
Big knot from an offshoot branch

Cracks from the wood being dried out

Knot from the other side

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Project #4 - Purple Heart Table Leg

There are certain woods that are brightly coloured. Purple Heart is one of these. When you cut the wood and work with it, it is a brown colour, but if left to oxidize, it becomes a brilliant purple colour.
The end of the Purple Heart that has oxidized bright purple

I sanded one side of the block that I was turning, and you can see the differences in colour between the sanded part (the brown), and the un-sanded part (the purple).
Difference in colour between oxidized and non-oxidized
I then turned this block to make it into a fancy looking table leg. I am planning on making a coffee table, and using this piece as the main leg.

Purple Heart table leg almost complete
I still need to do more sanding and cutting, and I need to let it oxidize for a while to get its nice purple colour.

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Project #1 - Pine Bowl Completed

This was what the bowl looked like before final sanding and varnishing.
The almost finished Pine Bowl

After varnishing... the finished product!

The completed Pine Bowl!

The completed Pine Bowl - Different Angle
The completed Pine Bowl - Other side of the bowl

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Project #3 - Calabash bowl from Blue Gum log (Part 1)

We recently felled a Blue Gum tree that was growing in our garden. After letting the wood dry out for a while, I found a log that I thought I would make a nice Calabash style bowl.

Log of Blue Gum

Once the log was selected, I needed to debark it and cut it level so that it could be turned on the lathe.

The log after being debarked
After some work on the lathe, the outside is taking a nice shape.

Outside shaping of the Calabash
Now comes time to hollow out the inside.

Friday, 28 February 2014

Project #2 - Turning the Meranti Bowl (Part 2)

After some final shaping and sanding, it was time to start carving out the inside of the bowl.

Sanded outside of bowl
After sanding, you can see the beautiful grains of the wood. I have left the little stand at the bottom so that I can attach the bowl to the lathe without ruining the shaping that I have already completed.

Bowl ready to be turned on the inside
I have attached the bottom of the bowl, and now it is time to start carving out the inside.

Inside of bowl carved out

The inside has been carved out, and it is time to remove it from the lathe by cutting off the small stand.

The almost finished Meranti Bowl!
Just needs a little more sanding, and then some varnish to be complete!