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Dalboy

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I finished this little bowl that I took at the weekend to a show and it just kept tearing out so on my return I gave it a good soak with thinned down sander sealer and left to dry once it was nice and hard, back on the lathe and it turned a dream. The important thing is that applying sealer to something like this is not to turn it straight away even if it feels dry, especially if it soaked in, Yes I have spots on my glasses to prove it.

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That looks very nice. I have a stack of spalted silver birch and will try that.

As a beginner to this hobby I am intrigued as to the best way to hold such pieces for working - would you mind showing the base?
 

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RogerJSJ":11s3r2w4 said:
That looks very nice. I have a stack of spalted silver birch and will try that.

As a beginner to this hobby I am intrigued as to the best way to hold such pieces for working - would you mind showing the base?
The foot is flat so no signs of holding. But I did use a tenon the reverse turned it to remove the foot.

This is another bowl I turned showing the tenon and then the finished bottom

Before hollowing out but with a tenon cut ready to be turned around to take out the middle

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All the turning complete except finishing the foot

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The bottom with the tenon removed after reverse turning

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The completed bowl

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RogerJSJ":1r7l7tqn said:
Thanks Dalboy - after a bit of "googling" I get it now. Just need to practice!
Before you reverse turn to remove the foot make sure you are 100% happy with the finish of the piece as it is hard to go back if it needs to go back on the lathe
 

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Interesting read on the soaking. Is it best to get near the final shape then give it a soak? Would I soak by applying with a brush or place it in container to do it.
As you can see still learning the basics.
 

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pops92":1tp88ihk said:
Interesting read on the soaking. Is it best to get near the final shape then give it a soak? Would I soak by applying with a brush or place it in container to do it.
As you can see still learning the basics.
Sorry for the late reply but been busy over the long weekend and every evening been too tired to come on forums except to just quickly browse so missed this.
Yes get close to the final shape and then give it a good soaking and let it dry fully before continuing this may need to be done a couple of times. make sure that you use sharp tools throughout this process.
I have a pot with a brush in it and just brush it on placing something over the bed bars.
 

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i love that burr bowl! what do you use to thin the sanding sealer?
 

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Cellulose thinners and I mix it 50/50 in a jar with a brush stuck in the lid as the bristles are in the mix it does not go hard and is always there to apply. I also use this mix to seal ready for a finish. I apply it then wipe off the excess before it dries then either add the final finish or give it a second coat. Only the turner can decide how many coats it needs by looking at the piece
 

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