I have been turning for a few months now and have had some moderate success with spindles and a couple platters, even a bowl or two has worked out ok. But in attempting to learn how to turn bowls I have had many a “Learning Opportunity” which has resulted in me screaming non nonsensical almost curse words from my shop. Now the outside of the bowl isn’t a problem, I have made some absolutely beautiful Bowl Outsides. The trouble has come with my Fracking Lathe and the hollowing process. You see as I am making smoothing scrapes my tools rest moves ever so slightly until BANG and there is a big dent in the bowl. Even when I am making my final light cuts the damn tool rest will move and I end up uneven! Eventually the result is the bottom of the bowl is too thin and I end up with a bowl flying off the lathe looking like this
Now that isn’t so bad if you look at it from this angle
The problem is most people don’t really need bowls like this
Now if I can just figure out how to make the whole bowl without the HOLE!!!!
There is a great deal on a Jet 1642EVS on CL right now but I can’t get the poster to get back to me. I am hoping that if I get a real Lathe with a better motor and tool rest that instead of focusing on making the dang thing work I can focus on doing the work.
Look later for my review of the Harbor Freight Lathe and how it isn’t worth it, even when it’s free!
Yes I am sure that much of this has to do with my lack of turning skills but I don’t need to hear your f’ing opinion on that! I am well aware of my own shortcomings thank you very much!
-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!