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Blog entry by David Craig posted 1166 days ago 2134 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Woodturning - Slim Vase Part 2 of Lathe Projects series Part 3: Natural Edge Ash Bowl #2 »

I like to tease Mike (jockmike2) that he was worried about losing a student when I moved to a scroll saw project. When I showed him the progress on my scroll saw box, he gave me a piece of Ash that he cut from his firewood. A good deal of bark was on the piece and he suggested I try my hand at a bowl with a natural edge. This is my progress so far on this project.

This piece was a little rough on the side opposite the bark side. I ran a chainsaw disk mounted on the angle grinder over it to smooth it out a smidge for the tail center. I couldn’t take much off for fear of losing too wood. This side was going to be the bottom of the bowl and not the hollow. I flipped it over and chucked a forstner bit into the cordless drill to cut a center hole for the drive center -

The purpose of this was two-fold. First, I wanted solid purchase for the drive center and bark is not a solid place to start and second, when it came time for hollowing, I wanted a good starting spot so I could work the hollow without ripping the bark. When it was first mounted on the lathe, it looked rough. You can see where the bottom of the bowl was going to require a bit of work -

Green markings is where latex paint was used to seal the exposed areas to help prevent cracking until I was able to work on it. Rounding the piece and cleaning the bottom was a little time consuming. Lathe was at the slowest speed and the cuts had to be light. The surface under the bark was a little on the punky side and too heavy a cut would leave the drive center spinning inside the piece. So it was a process of cut, tighten tailstock, cut, tighten tailstock until the bottom was clean and the piece more true. You will notice, in the picture above, that I had a swing arm mounted for the tool rest. Handy item as it allows me to move the bulk of the rest away from the piece and still access the front and sides without interference. Here is the piece after initial cleanup and truing -

Next step was to create a tenon for the chuck to grip. I only wanted about 1/2” used for this, since the bowl was going to be on the shallow side already. I started the tenon here -

and worked the tenon to a diameter of about 2 1/2”. From there, I was able to flip the bowl over, mounted it on the chuck and do more aggressive shaping and start working on the hollow -

As you can see, the hole used by the forstner bit gave me a good entrance point without trying to gain purchase on the bark surface. I was not able to retain all the bark on the edge so far, but have it worked down to this point -

All that is left is a touch more rounding on the bottom of the bowl, hollowing a little more, then the sanding, finishing, and parting from the tenon. Somewhere last night, I remembered that I still had a day job so had to call it quits :)

Thanks for viewing all and keep the dust coming,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1166 days ago

Interesting project, should look quite unusual, at least to my eye.

Watching….....

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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David Craig

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#2 posted 1166 days ago

Thanks Jim, I am glad you will be monitoring. I expect words like “interesting,” “unusual,” and “unique” will be the catch phrases for this project. Fortunately, I am posting pictures of my bowl and not my kids :) I think there are a few categories of turnings that turners try at least once – segmented and natural edge comes immediately to mind. Natural edge contrasts nature with polish and requires a bit more control and finesse to pull off. Still, it fascinates me on how much work goes into something that looks like Alley Oop (yes, I am getting old) used to drink porridge from.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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jockmike2

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#3 posted 1166 days ago

Now I remember why I just made one of these. A huge pain in the rear. Maybe we should use some of that green maple. It sure would cut easier than this seasoned ash. Great job grasshopper, your master (tongue planted firmly in cheek) is proud. Hachimace, and a deep bow.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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stefang

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#4 posted 1166 days ago

Nice work David. Interesting, unique and unusual, lol. It is looking good. I mount these on the bark side with a small faceplate. I got a Forstner bit to match it’s diameter. It makes for a more secure mount. Looking forward to seeing it completed.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 1166 days ago

:-)
looking forward to see it finished
and with the new maschine it shuold bee like a walk in the park :-)

take care
Dennis

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David Craig

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#6 posted 1166 days ago

Mike (jockmike2) – I was only able to snatch the pebble from your hand because you had a broken thumb ;)

Mike (stefang) – Thanks for the tip. I can see where a small faceplate (approx 2-3 inches) would be just the thing for this type of project. Will have to look into something like that.

Dennis – Ahhh new machine, but the same old woodworker. I couldn’t find a new one in the box. :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Dennisgrosen

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#7 posted 1166 days ago

thank god for that we wuold have missed the old one :-)
Dennis

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#8 posted 1166 days ago

Looking good David, interested to see the finished project.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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David Craig

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#9 posted 1165 days ago

Thanks Dennis that put a tear in my eye.

Thanks for the view Bob I should have the finished product out this weekend. Your comments and observations are always appreciated.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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