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Blog entry by Craig Havran posted 1212 days ago 772 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I’m trying to turn my first bowl with no previous instruction or lathe knowledge and I’m having a problem hollowing out the bowl. Is it normal for the very center to be so difficult to hollow out? Any tips are greatly appreciated. Please, dumb it down for me :-)

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad



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robert triplett

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#1 posted 1211 days ago

It’s hard to know what you are doing in terms of tools and technique. Sapele shouldn’t be too hard to turn, so it is probably a matter of tools and how you are using them. Let us know that info and I bet someone here can help.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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Craig Havran

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#2 posted 1210 days ago

Well I’m using probably a medium bowl gouge that is fairly sharp. I’ve got my tool rest about 1/4” from the bowl positioned so my gouge is perpindicular to the bowl. When I engage the wood in the center, it instantly moves the gouge slightly to the side. I thought i’d try working it down a little bit and then going back to the center and it just doesn’t seem to want to clean it out. Where I’m at now, I’ve essentially got a little nub in the center of my bowl. If my description isn’t the greatest, I apologize, but I will be going to a woodturner’s club next Tuesday, so don’t feel bad if my description isn’t clear enough to help. Thanks for responding.

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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Cousinwill

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#3 posted 1210 days ago

It sounds to me that your tool is not in line with the center of the bowl. I would try ( while the lathe is off) and line up the tool rest where it is slightly below the center of the bowl. This is easy to do, simply by resting your tool on top of the tool rest and seeing where it makes contact with the bowl. Adjust the toolrest to get your tool slightly below the center of the bowl. Hope this helps !!!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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Craig Havran

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#4 posted 1210 days ago

I’ll give it a try tonight and let you know… Thanks!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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Craig Havran

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#5 posted 1209 days ago

Thanks for your help Cousinwill. I noticed that since the center is spinning slower than the outside, I had to apply a lot more pressure as well. Now all I have to do is sand and finish and I’ll have some pictures up!!

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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Cousinwill

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#6 posted 1209 days ago

AWESOME !!!! Can’t wait to see your first bowl. I still have the first bowl I turned. I am up to turning about a hundred to hundred fifty bowls a year. Let me warn you….....turning bowls is very habit forming and there is no known treatment to stop it !!! Keep turning !!

-- William from the oldest town in Texas

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