Bowl from a Board #5: Let the shaping begin.

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Blog entry by TerryDowning posted 07-19-2013 08:29 PM 1561 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With the glue dry and clamps removed, the bowl blank and face plate can be re-installed on the lathe.

Something I forgot to mention in my previous entry (because I forgot to do it). Take measurements on all four alignment marks when dry fitting and gluing up to get each disc as concentric as possible. Each disc should be equidistant from the next along all alignment marks. I forgot this step and the largest disc was horribly non concentric when shaping

Whether you measure or not the bowl blank needs to be re-balanced as it will not be concentric after gluing.
It’s really bad in my case because I didn’t measure.

Note the distance from the tool rest between each picture.

At any rate once re-balanced and trued, shaping can begin.

I like to start with the outside first and get the profile of the bowl set.

Once you’ve got the outside to about where you wanted it

You can go to the inside.

Remember the inside is not concentric yet either, so take your time and work it round.
I did mention previously that any burning and excess glue would turn away
Most of the burning gone and some of the glue gone

After some more work all of the burning and excess glue are turned away, the bowl is concentric and final shaping can begin.

Work the final profile, ease the edges and remove any tool marks inside and out.

All ready for sanding and finishing

This has been sanded 60 Grit and 100 Grit so far. Those coarse grits I still consider tooling.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 07-20-2013 12:33 PM

Looking good

-- Vince

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#2 posted 10-07-2017 01:10 AM

Way late to this party but thanks for the how to. Much appreciated!!!
And well done!!!
Got to love our SS!!!

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