If you read my blog yesterday, you know I glued up material for two bowls. I got to work on those today.
Here is the first one, with an interesting result.
The bowl is made of glued up layers of pecan and sapelle. That is not the story though.
If you looked at all closely at the photos yesterday and remember them, you may remember the blank was a bit thicker than that.
This is my lesson of the day for my friend, Randy. Never stand in the line of fire when turning anything that you don’t want to potentially hit you. I learned that lesson a while back. So luckily, I seen this piece fly, but did not feel it.
This is also why I try to glue up two bowl blanks at a time if I’m doing these laminated bowls. If I have one failure, I have another to work with. If I have two failures in one day, it’s time to go home and rethink things.
I’m not sure what happened on this one to be honest with you. Times in the past, when something was destroyed, I had an explanation. On this bowl, everything was going great. There was no catches. Everything was balanced perfectly. I running at a comfortable speed and riding the bevel in on each stroke, looking just like a pro. The light of the second layer of pecan had just peaked through, when the top two layer decided it didn’t want to turn anymore. It wanted to fly!
I had just pulled back my tool rest and planned on shutting the lathe down and get ready to switch to my curved rest to get closer to what I was doing. I seen something go almost striaight up into the rafters of the shop, and land, in the garbage can mind you, about twenty five feet away. I shut the lathe down, walked over to the garbage can, and retrieved these two pieces out.
Luckily, thanks to the nifty thin parting tool I made thanks to Captain Eddie Castelin's videos, I sliced off things smoothly and just made it a shorter bowl.
Anyway, a short bowl is quick to turn. So I had enough of the day left to hop right onto the next bow.
This bowl was made of the same material as the first. It was just turned differently for the glue up. Instead of cutting circles on the bandsaw and then gluing it up, I cut planks, glued them together, then turned the whole block sideways and cut it into a circle on the bandsaw.
I like this configuration better. It was my first time turing dry wood in this orientation. The way the grain runs, I was able to cut easily from the rim to center, as you norally would for a bowl, or from center to rim, as you would for an end grain turning. I liked that a lot because I could adapt my cut to whatever I was trying to do at any particular moment. Also, I think it made for a very nice finished look.
In closing today, I wish to make a discaimer.
In my “lesson of the day” points I make in some of these blog entries, please I hope noone takes these as me knowing what I am doing. I am a beginner. I am still learning this as I go along. If you want good advice, there are millions of turners who have been doing it for decades longer than I.
I only do the “lesson of the day” bits as a running joke towards a good friend of mine, Randy. I do this because Randy is the only beginning turner; wait, Randy is a future beginning turner. Randy is the only future beginning turner I know personally who may just know a little less than me about the subject.
Hello Randy. Remember today’s lesson. Stay out of the line of fire of spinning bowls.