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Old 01-07-2010, 08:11 AM   #1
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Default My first shot at a bowl.

Now that the holidays are over I thought I would give one of the bowls a try.
It is maple and bloodwood and as you can see it has some issues. I wasn't as careful about marking the rings as I should have been so there is some misalignment. I also have some color bleed from the bloodwood.
But it was still fun to do and a great learning curve.
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Well done on your "first shot". Thanks for posting pictures. Did the glue ups move to become misaligned? Would like to know before I make a stab at that bowl. What did you use for a finish?
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Nothing moved on the glueup. I just wasn't carefule with marking the rings to maintain the proper orientation.
I used Formby glossy tung oil.
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Looking great Rolf! I too have been wanting to have a go at a bowl. I have a maple/walnut blank glued up, got the Guinevere sanding stuff for christmas, now just got the find some time!I hope mine turns out at least 1/2 as good as yours did!
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Well it's about time, Rolf, given that you've had the book since mid-November. And if you hadn't pointed out the slight mis-alignment, I've have never noticed it. I like your color combination and finish.

And you can avoid the whole alignment problem on shallow swags by creating (or positioning) the pattern so that the inner circle of the first ring just touches the bloodwood. That way the entire swag is on the first ring.

For swags that span several rings, there are ways to get perfect or near-perfect alignment, and as soon as our drum sander gets fixed (only out for three months now) I'll make a video that shows how.

Great start--what's next?
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Just for kicks this bowl is only about 1-1/2 inches tall.
The rings were 1/4 x 1/4.
So Carol my next bowl will be a real one.
I knew you would beat me up for taking so long, but fortunately or unfortunately I have been real busy at work and fried by the time I get home.
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1 1/2" tall?? What is the diameter?
Nice job on the bowl. Can't wait to see your next one.
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Hi Rolf - you have my admiration not just for tackling something completely new but also for making a miniature. I think my natural inclination would be to make something much bigger so as to enable me to better cover up my mistakes!
Despite the errors you pointed out I think you turned - sorry I mean scrolled! - out a real nice piece

Well done!

PS - and as I can see Carole has jumped on you I'm definitely not buying her book until I know I have the time and mindset to make a bowl as soon as it arrives. Sorry Carole - order postponed - but it is on my list!

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Jim, Rolf not only had an autographed copy, but was there for the demo. But seriously, I'm delighted that he finally got around to making the bowl, and am very impressed at making it a mini.

Rolf, that bowl is cute beyond words!
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great bowl Rolf, can't wait to see more. By the way, was this your first ever scroll saw bowl, because it looks great!!
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