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Old 04-29-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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Thank you Carole for the great instructions in your book. It was very easy to follow. In making my first bowl from the book, there were several things learned.

First, when looking at the stock, check the side and end grain. I thought this was a clear piece of Aspen, and when cut, there was a knot.

Second, I really need a spindle sander. Sanding with a flex sander gave uneven results as you can see with the top view.

Third, I really love the Excalibur EX21 for cutting the angles. Comments welcome.
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The knot gives it a character that makes it unique and interesting. You're lucky to have a knot that tight.

And I think you did an excellent first job. Heack of alot better than my 1st sanded bowl, which never left my shop.
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Thanks. This one left the shop and is in my display at ArtCrafters. But not for sale.
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Very nice Denny. I like when folks are able to use the woods natural grains and imperfections in a design. Thanks for sharing this bowl with us.


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Lemons into lemonade ...... I may be in the minority, but my choice would be the one with a certain unique character such as this bowl.
Well done Denny, I really like the way you put it together
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Well, thanks for the comments, DW and Ron, and I thought it was an imperfection rather than character.
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I agree with your comment about the spindle sander. I've done two of those bowls myself - one before I bought my spindle sander, and one after. Guess which one was better. But yours turned out great - better than mine. Good job!
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I my view anyway, it's wood, wood has grain, wood has color, wood has some so called "imperfections".

I think in some projects, and utilizing certain materials, if thoughtfully done, spending a lot of time and wasting material trying to hide the so called "imperfections" can be somewhat counterproductive.
By incorporating those "flaws" as a part of the overall design can show the true nature of the material rather than trying to make it resemble something else, as well as showing a certain uniqueness.
But then that's just me.....
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Really nice job, Denny, and I do think that the knots add character to the bowl, especially when you align the grain nicely, as you did. When you cut wood at an angle, you may not be able to anticipate what you'll find inside, and sometimes the surprise is a good one.

Regarding the spindle sander, it's a mixed blessing. For straight sided bowls (those cut at a constant angle) it works wonders, especially when paired with a vertical belt sander for the outside. It's as close to perfection as anyone can get. However, you do need to keep checking the bottom of the lowest ring to be sure that you're leaving enough wood for gluing on the base.

The limitation is that if you ever want to make bowls with curved sides, where you increase the angle from ring to ring, you'll have to learn how to sand the inside freehand. That's where the round inflatable sander comes into play. It's about the only tool out there that is ideally suited to this, unless you want to construct your own, which has been done.

Looking forward to seeing your next bowl--but be warned that it can really be addictive!
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Thanks for the comments, especially from Carole. Again thanks for the book.

I tried sanding using the Flex Sander by Seyco with the results shown. With the flex sander, I have the cable and mini sanders. These should work fine on the multi angle bowls. I am looking at getting a Spindle Sander from Grizzly.

Carole, you are right about leaving enough wood on the lowest ring. I didn't, so I sanded 1/4" off the bottom ring to get enough wood surface.

The Eight Petal Bowl is all ready cut.
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