natural edge bowls

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natural edge bowls

Postby sdunn » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:28 pm

I would like to hear a few do's and dont's on this . I have done a few with mixed results on twisting and warping with a couple warping to the point they wouldnt sit flat. How dry do the blanks need to be?
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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby loyd » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:38 pm

I think Doyle would be your expert on the natural edge bowl Stanley. He's turned more than anyone I know. I"m not so good at it and have the sore fingers to show for it. I do OK in the solid part but (even though I've gotten past breaking the wings off or even knocking my knuckles with them) I still have to sand and sand and sand and sand . . .

They are in demand by my clients though. I may have even sold one at Foothills Crafts once a long time ago.
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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby southpaw57 » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:37 am

I have turned a few natural edge bowls. After turning, I only let them dry long enough to sand (couple of days). They will warp some and it usually adds to the beauty. If they warp so much that they will not set flat, I usually go back and flatten the bottom. They are fun to do and most people like the look of natural edge turnings. ;)
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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby sid_matheny » Sat Jan 12, 2013 6:44 pm

Stanley just put a toothpick under one side... :lol:

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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby loyd » Sat Jan 12, 2013 7:04 pm

Innovation and improvising is what woodworking is all about. :roll:
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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby sdunn » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:06 pm

I have done a few and have found I like the natural edge bowl better and I think alot of the reason is not having to seal and wait a few months before finishing.The hardest thing for me was being patient with the bark where the dip is.It looks like you need to go thinner because the bark wasn't as narrow but will work itself out as you go deeper and the sanding is lots easier before complete drying.
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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby sdunn » Sat Jan 12, 2013 8:42 pm

Sid I think I will just make a warped shelf to sit them on.
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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby sid_matheny » Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:24 pm

Warped shelf! Now why didn't I think of that.

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Re: natural edge bowls

Postby loyd » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:46 am

Who is that masked man you're talking to Sid? ;)
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Re: natural edge bowls

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by loyd » Sun Jan 13, 2013 9:46 am

Who is that masked man you're talking to Sid?


Not sure without an avatar!

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