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Club member Paul made his second appearance at a club meeting to demonstrate how he makes his new range of pot pourri bowls, examples of which in Turkey Oak and Ash are below …
Firstly, it is important to choose the right shape of wood!, namely that the two opposite edges should be of similar height otherwise the finished result will not appear balanced.
Having used a forstner bit to drill a hole in the bark end of the apple wood to allow the drive centre to grip tightly and to avoid bark tearout, mount the blank and flatten off the bottom using a bowl gouge. Mark and cut the tenon using a pull cut and shape the outside of the bottom half of the bowl from the bottom up. Then shape the top half of the bowl from the top down to avoid knocking the bark off and then blend the two halves together. Finally smooth off the outside surface using a finger-
Reverse on to the tenon and initially support on the tailstock and start to turn the outer indented ring.
Darth Vader in action!
Adjust the height of the centre dome and flatten. Mark out the diameter of the pot pourri cover, adjust the shape and depth of the outer ring and then hollow out the inner bowl to the required depth.
Top Tip 1 -
The part turned shape before finishing
Top Tip 2 -
Having sanded the inner indented ring, Paul applied sanding sealer and then Chestnut Cut ‘n’ Polish before buffing with a buffing head held in a cordless drill.
Paul finished the bottom by using the outer ring of the chuck in an expanded mode to grip the inside of the inner opening. Obviously this method only works where the diameter of the pot pourri cover is appropriate for the diameter of the chuck. Using a jamb chuck as an alternative may not work as Paul likes to leave a very thin lip on the inside of the inner opening which could be too fragile for jamb chuck use.
Paul’s objective for the demo was to show how his design for the pot pourri bowl could be implemented -
To this end we were all fascinated by the creative skill that Paul demonstrated and I for one shall be having a go using an ideal piece of apple that I won on the evenings raffle!
Thanks Paul for an entertaining and informative evening.