August 12, 2022

Woody Woodworking

and its tools

Woodturning: Textured & Painted Cottonwood Bowl (For Sale)

3 min read

This bowl is available for sale. For more details, visit my Etsy store:

In this video I try a new finishing technique that I saw in the December 2020 issue of Fine Woodworking magazine. I’m always looking for new shapes to turn or a new finish technique. I found it in a very unlikely place. Don’t get me wrong, Fine Woodworking magazine has some amazing projects, but they usually are not woodturning.

For this project, I wanted a light colored piece of wood. I’ve really been enjoying turning this cottonwood and I thought this would be the perfect piece of wood for this project. I started with the half of a log from another project. I was shooting for a 7.5" (190 mm) round and 4" (102 mm) deep bowl.

After shaping the outside of the bowl, I took a 3/8" spindle gouge and used the tip to make grooves in the side. I took several passes and varied the speed. I wanted something random and that didn’t just look like straight lines. Then I added two coats of General Finishes Blue Moon milk paint. After letting it dry overnight, I sanded down the sides a little to reveal the wood. This produced a very neat texture. I sealed up the outside with some sanding sealer and walnut oil.

I hope you enjoy this video. Please let me know if there is a project you’d like to see me make and I will do my best to do it. Thank you for all the support you have shown me and the channel!

Psalms 8:3-4 (NIV)
When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?

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Materials used (affiliate):
Acks Abrasive Sanding Paste & Polish:
Alumilite Clear:
Eye Candy Macaw Blue/Green:
Mylands Cellulose Sanding Sealer:
Mylands Friction Polish:

Tools I use (affiliate):
Jet 1221VS Lathe:
Rigid Table Saw:
Rikon 14" Bandsaw:
Jet Air Filter:
Shop Fox Dust Collector:
Nova 48202 G3 Wood Turning Chuck:
Easy Wood Tools Hollowing Combo Set:
1/2" Bowl Gouge:
3/8" Bowl Gouge:
3/8" Spindle Gouge:
1/8" HSS Parting Tool:
1" Round Nose Scraper:
60 Degree Live Center:
DMT Folding Diamond Fine File:


Please leave a comment if there are any questions you have.

You can also find me here:

Ed Parker
P.O Box 1893
Queen Creek, AZ 85142

Woodworking News Source: Wolf Ridge Woodworking

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