Over the past summer and fall I have amassed a fare quantity of green wood. Now just about all I do is rough out bowls. I am still a novice at all this but so far it has been going well.
I start by measuring the lumber to see what kind of a bowl (or box) I can make. Then I draw the shape with a compass and mark the middle of the bowl.
Now at this stage most people would usually go to the band saw and cut out the bowl blank. Well my 9” band saw will only cut to a depth of 3 ¾” so that’s out. I could use a chain saw to cut the corners off, but I put the chain saw away for the winter. What I do is use a reciprocating saw with a long pruning blade on it.
I try to make it as round as possible, it’s not perfect but it does work.
I mount it on my lathe with a worm screw. I could use a face plate but I find with bowls up to 10” a worm screw works fine.
Then I turn it to a shape I find pleasing, put a tenon on it.
Flip it around and hollow it out. I try to have the wall thickness around ¾” – 1” but I’m still working on getting it a uniformed thickness.
Now to dry it out I put a bit of shavings in it.
Wrap it up in some paper.
Put it in a cardboard box and leave it alone.
I have also left some unwrapped to see if the paper and shavings does anything.
I’m guessing it will take a few months for them to dry out enough for me to re-turn the bowls. But I have lots of ruff turning to keep me busy. Like I said in the beginning I am still a novice and this is all a learning experience for me, so I guess I’ll just have to wait and see if this all works out!
-- I love my lathe. It’s old, not too pretty and I don’t really know how to use it… Love it!