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My lathe journeys. #4: Bowl #3 ... Gimmie some lip

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 12-03-2014 07:02 PM 1269 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Oh man. I'm really diggin' this Part 4 of My lathe journeys. series Part 5: ...Bowl #4 ... getting more practice in »

OK, we all know how this works. We start with some wood, cut it into squares and glue it up. In this case the wood is maple.
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Then, after cutting it into a more rounded shape on the band saw, we mount it on the lathe and start turning.
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First thought was that this was gonna be like a salad bowl. Nothing fancy, just a plain, basic bowl.
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Unfortunately I took one heck of a chunk out of the rim, so after having to turn out that BIG BOO-BOO, it’s gonna be a FANCY salad bowl with a grooved lip at the top. :-)
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Also, once I started working the outside of the bowl, I decided that I would leave the “stand” on the bottom, rather than cut the bowl from it when done.
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Then I turn my attention towards the inside. Pretty rough at first, but the more I turn the smoother it gets.
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Once I’m at a point where the lathe tools aren’t making the surface any smoother, I switch over to the sandpaper. I start with 60grit, then work my way through 80, 100, 120, and finally 220grit.
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Once I’m happy with the finish, I applied 2 coats of Tung oil, allowing about 20 minutes between coats. Then, using a rag I polished it out while it was still mounted on the lathe.
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After waiting 2 days to let the Tung oil to fully cure, I sprayed it with 2 coats of clear lacquer. I’m not sure if I like the high gloss finish or if I should try a more matt finish. Perhaps the next bowl I’ll leave with a duller finish to see which way I like best.
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As always, critiques and comments are appreciated.

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ConnieReed

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#1 posted 12-03-2014 07:16 PM

That’s really lovely!! I like both finishes, the gloss and the matte. I guess it might depend on what you want to use it for or display in it. Great work!

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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#2 posted 12-03-2014 08:09 PM

The two different maple tones give it a lot of character. I see this can be used for a lot of different purposes. Well done again.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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JoeinGa

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#3 posted 12-03-2014 08:44 PM

Thanks.

Yeah Dave, I “clocked” the boards so each layer of grain ran in the opposite direction. Gives it a nice effect I think.

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 09:00 PM

You have to get out there and find a log somewhere. It is the most rewarding feeling when you start turning to see what is inside. (hopefully good) ha ha

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#5 posted 12-03-2014 10:06 PM

A great looking bowl. Nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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#6 posted 12-05-2014 11:04 PM

Nice bowl and a nice finish too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-18-2015 11:01 PM

that is one more nice bowl,,im working on one now out of hard rock maple,,right now just waiting on the chuck to arrive,,i hope mine looks good,,but yours is awesome!!!!

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