Bowl from a Board #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by TerryDowning posted 07-16-2013 08:50 PM 1340 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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If you’re anything like me, you find that turning blanks for larger bowls tend to be expensive. I do use the occasional blow down or removed tree for blanks, but a change of pace is rather nice. I had read of the “Bowl From a Board” concept and seen tutorials on line. I do have some short boards not planned for anything, so I figure why Not?

Items required to get started.

1 board suitable in width and length for the desired bowl size. I have an 8” wide oak board that I can get 2 “Blanks” out of.

a compass
a lathe with sufficient swing to hand the size of bowl you want to turn
a narrow parting tool (I made my own from a used reciprocating saw blade.)
lathe chisels for truing, facing and shaping the bowl
Your favorite glue
sufficient clamps or clamping ability to secure the blank to a wast block mounted on a face plate and subsequently clamping the layers together to form a rough bowl shape.

First I cut the board into squares

Next I connected the corners to form an X to mark the center. I Like to draw heavy lines here, they will aid in centering my waste block and eventually lining up the layers when it comes to glue the board back together.

I then used a compass to draw circles on the board and used my bandsaw to cut out the disks. I just free hand the circles, I don’t have a circle jig yet and it’s going the lathe anyways so close counts.

Once I had a disc cut, I glued the disc to a waste block mounted on a faceplate.

(Clicking the photo takes you to my skydrive project)

Notice how the centering lines are used with the scribe marks on the wast block to get the disc approximately centered. I just yellow tite bond II any adhesive you’r comfortable with should work fine. I let this dry over night.

-- - Terry

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