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