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Chris Neilan
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Exercising my Bowl Gouge
Oct 29th, 2017 at 6:52pm
 
Well, bowl gouge, scrapers, carbides- whatever felt right. 19" X 7" Sycamore rough turned and sleeping in it's shavings. Hope to finish it before Christmas for a friend. He wants to give it to his wife. I hope he has a plan B! 20% moisture content, but sycamore dries fairly quickly. Been anchorseald for two years, no cracks or checks (yet).
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Re: Exercising my Bowl Gouge
Reply #1 - Oct 31st, 2017 at 7:41am
 
Looking good! Sycamore is one of my favorite woods to turn, and it always amazes me how it darkens when I finish it.
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Re: Exercising my Bowl Gouge
Reply #2 - Oct 31st, 2017 at 10:24am
 
Sycamore does tend to be a fairly easy wood to dry without cracking. Since that one has been drying for 2 years, it should be okay. It is, perhaps, the only wood that I have seen that moves as much as Pacific Madrone as it dries. Biggest difference is that the sycamore tends to warp into predictable shapes while you never know what madrone is going to do. This is a good wood to 'raise the grain' with before you apply finish. Get it damp and let it dry, even to the point of doing it a couple of times. They get really fuzzy the first time or two you wash it if you don't. It does soak up a lot of finish as well.

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Re: Exercising my Bowl Gouge
Reply #3 - Oct 31st, 2017 at 10:38am
 
Did you core it?
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Re: Exercising my Bowl Gouge
Reply #4 - Oct 31st, 2017 at 1:32pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on Oct 31st, 2017 at 10:38am:
Did you core it?


No  Sad.  I have not yet used my coring system (McNaughton). I have several other blanks from this tree that I WILL!. Didn't want to learn on this one for fear of screwing it up. Now that I have the pressure off, I'll give it a whirl (no pun intended!).
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