Although I am not a 'serious' woodworker, there is still a big part of me that wants to be taken seriously. Making silly fish bowls is not the way to do it. Was I just being pretentious? I had put a lot of work into my 'serious' bowl and was close to being finished. I decided to sleep on it and see what my inner voice would whisper. What I didn't know was that I had already placed myself on the path and soon I would be unable to turn back. Boy, that sounds ominous.
My first mistake, which I had made minutes befor that casual glance, was to turn the sidewall a little too thin about half way down the bowl. I then compounded the error by leaving a step on the inside wall of the bowl rather than gradually increasing the thickness back to the width I wanted.
After sleeping on it I was still undecided on which way I wanted to go with the bowl. I did know, though, that I wanted to get rid of that step in the side wall. So that's what I proceeded to do. After a minute or so the shavings built up so I stopped to clear them and check my progress. This is what I found.
Disaster! The bowl had changed shape slightly overnight as it lost moisture.At first, I tried to treat it as a 'design opportunity' but there was no way I could make it work. My 'serious' bowl was done.
Maybe though, if I could repair it to be smooth enough, I could paint it. Fish bowl was on, pending a successful repair effort. The question was, how? The wall was paper thin at one end and less than 1/16th at the other. I decided to build it up in layers. The layers would have to be even thinner than the walls of the bowl. My solution was to use shavings from a chunk of birch that I had in the shop.
And the last.
After sanding it was still pretty rough, so I made a paste of sawdust and glue and covered it with that.
I let it dry overnight and I was pleasantly surprised at how strong it turned out to be. I sanded it again and used a little wood filler to finally get a surface smooth enough for paint.