Howdy my good friends! Did anyone get a lathe for Christmas? We’ve got a fun new tutorial for ya. And even if you don’t have a lathe, it’s so fun to watch this one come together on the time-lapse video below! We tried a new wood-dying technique to add some color and pattern to the wood grain of plain ol’ pine, and turn it on the lathe to make a super unique bowl!
Would you believe this bowl started out as a single slab of pine from the home improvement store?!
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Isn’t that wood grain INSANE?! The dye seeped into the wood grain and created this amazing blue stripe-y effect! I’m totally obsessed! Let’s chat about how this all came about.
Supplies for Dyed Wood Turned Bowl
- 1×10” pine board (try to choose one with zero cupping and minimal knots)
- Behlen Alcohol Dye
- Wood Glue
- Clamps (at least 4)
- Miter Saw
We started out by cutting down our board into 7 perfect squares on the miter saw. They ended up being about 9”x9”, but this doesn’t need to be exact. You can make your bowl as big or small as you want!
Find the perfect center by connecting opposite corners with a pencil.
If you have a large protractor, use it! Otherwise, you can copy our white-trash version of a protractor by connecting two carpenter pencils with a small clamp. Hold one side in the center while you turn the other side to draw you a perfect circle.
Head back over to the miter saw, and slice off those corners so you have an octagon! Once you’ve done that first octagon, you can just trace it onto the other pine squares so you don’t need to bother with the protractor circle on all of them.
We had one extra hexagon, so we decided to cut it in half and see how far the dye soaked in! This was soaking in the dye for 20 minutes. Amazing right?!
Let’s glue these up! We slathered on some wood glue with a chip brush and pressed down the next hexagon. We alternated the ‘points’ of the hexagons with each addition, but we didn’t really have a reason for doing that. LOL
Clamp it down and let that glue dry.
Now that it’s an enormous and heavy hunk of wood, find your center again by drawing an X. Then put on your 4-jaw chuck and pop it on the lathe! We have this lathe and it’s SO FUN to play on!
There are TONS of amazing tutorials for how to turn a wooden bowl on a lathe on YouTube, so we’re not going to go into specifics on that. We just wanted to show you this amazing technique on how to dye the wood with alcohol dye and glue up your very own turning blank!
I love the bright colorful grain that’s so swirly and blue! You could use a bowl like this for just about anything! I put a potted plant in it for these pictures, but I’m going to end up cutting a spiral in it to make a knitting bowl! I’m not confident about how that will turn out, so stay tuned. If it works, I’ll do a tutorial!
Check out the inside!
I loooooove how this turned out, and am itching to try making more alcohol dyed bowls using different colors… or even a rainbow bowl!
Be sure to check out these other projects we’ve done using Behlen Solar Lux Wood Dye!
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