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My lathe journeys. #5: ...Bowl #4 ... getting more practice in

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 12-05-2014 04:52 PM 1123 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Bowl #3 ... Gimmie some lip Part 5 of My lathe journeys. series Part 6: ...Bowl #5 ... bark on, and a big BONK ! »

For my fellow LumberJocks, I realize that you already know the basics of setup and getting started on the lathe, but I also cross-post these to Facebook and some of my non-woodworking friends have asked me to show the “steps” in making bowls.

This time the wood is maple and oak in alternating layers. Same basic setup as the last bowl, glue up the square boards first, cut ‘em into a rounded shape on the bandsaw, then mount it on the lathe and start turning.
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This one is pretty similar in shape as the last one. I’m not trying to get too fancy yet, just trying to get better with the lathe tools.
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For my non-woodworking friends who will see this … this thing is still rough as a cob. The basic shape is there, but it’s still got a long ways to go to be a finished bowl.
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After 2 more hours of turning out the inside of the bowl, then about an hour with sandpaper, here’s the finished product. Some of the pictures have a shadow in them. Guess I need to come up with something better than an old t-shirt as a backdrop and just the lighting from the shop ceiling to fix that.
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I decided NOT to spray this one with the clear lacquer. I just put on 3 coats of Tung oil, letting each coat soak in for about an hour before applying the next. I like this matt finish. The wood looks more “natural” to me.
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The inside of this one reminds me of a solar system. The center circle is the maple and the large-grained rings are oak. The outermost rim is also maple.
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4 comments so far

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Todd Swartwood

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#1 posted 12-05-2014 09:48 PM

You seem to be coming along nicely, you’ll have it mastered in no time.

Todd

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 12-06-2014 03:19 AM

(To the moon Alice) I will say that does look pretty cool inside. Nice turning Joe.
Any oil will keep them more natural looking. Just go with what you want.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 07-27-2015 04:22 AM

I know it’s kinda dumb to comment on #5 when you’re up 31(?). I do want to ask about what appears as a gold ring around the stem. Is it just the way the light’s hitting it? At first, I thought it was that golden hue Oak takes on under oil. But, no. There’s Oak above and below the ring. That’s a Maple layer. What gives?

-- Mark

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JoeinGa

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#4 posted 07-27-2015 09:25 PM

That gold, Mark, IS the maple. I put the oil on it while it was still on the lathe. Holding the rag hard against the piece tends to heat it up a bit. I guess it kind of burnished it also on this one, hence the gold color?

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