Woodturning in Romania #3: adjustments & first bowl

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Blog entry by Ovidiu posted 09-01-2011 09:55 PM 1586 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Unfortunately I did’t remove the problem of lathe at 100%. Still warm, but I can work continuously about 1 / 2 hour. I managed to align pulleys and found a serious distributor for driving belts. These are high quality and resistant to heat. I bought 5 pieces because they are cheap, about $ 4 each.
So, full of joy, I chose a piece of green walnut and I made a bowl. Before I start it turning, the wood has been outside about three months. I made a rough turn and I dried the bowl in the microwave. The method was as follows: 3 rounds of 2 minutes at medium power, alternating with about half an hour cooling off. Then I mounted in chuck and I finished turning. I finished with sandpaper and a coat of linseed oil.
Well, the hardest part I found when I had to shaped spigot dovetail. I use a parting tool for this. I’m not satisfied with what I did. Have to see some more tutorials … I found that the easiest part is the inside shaping of the bowl. I use for this a 6 mm bowl gouge and a round nose scarper. As you can see there’s need more and more sanding.
For now I’m pleased that I managed to make the first bowl (140/50mm) and I think tomorrow I’ll focus on finishing it.

Any advice is welcome.

P.S. I’m sure the wood is walnut, but I do not know why is not have a darker color.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 02:26 AM

It looks great. I wish my first one looked that good.

Until you have a chuck, you can make a faceplate to fit the lathe. A trick to use is to have a softer bag of maybe sawdust or something. Put the bag in the bowl and clamp the bowl between the faceplate and the tailstock with the bottom of the bowl towards the tailstock. Clamp lightly at first and then bump the bowl gently while the lathe is turning until it is centered. Then tighten up the tailstock so the bowl can’t easily turn. Then you will be able to gently turn a foot on the bottom so it will sit flat on a table. Leave the center and then cut it off when you are finished.

-- Woodworking shouldn't cost a fortune:

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