Turning a Bowl #1: Turning the Bottom

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Hi Folks,

Welcome to the first installment of the Cyber Skill Share. Please read the Lumberjocks Forum for information on this concept, sit back, and turn the bottom of a bowl. This series will also include hollowing, sanding, finishing, turning tools, and some sharpening.

Any feedback is greatly appreciated as we, the lumberjocks community, refine this concept!



-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 2584 days ago

Great job, Tom!
And what a beautiful little bowl. What kind of wood did you say this is? I love the lines in it.

I need to buy a lathe

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 2584 days ago

Arariba! You have to say it like Speedy Gonzales. (Stereotypes neither intended nor implied.)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 2584 days ago

got it :) I’ll never forget now :D

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 2584 days ago

Nice wood to make a bowl out of. What size bowl gouge are you using?

Being that it looks like you are a one man operation, this probably isn’t something you can do, but I suggest that anyone who can zoom in on the piece when making the cuts and explaining the operation being done. This is one of my pet peeves with a lot of woodworking shows. They tend to focus on the host more than the process, so a novice can’t see what the host is talking about. It is just a suggestion for those who have help in making their videos. Train your camera man/woman right. Thanks.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#5 posted 2584 days ago

Heya Os,

Great suggestion. In the upcoming series, I’m zoomed in. When I was doing the bottom, I actually didn’t quite realize that I was THAT panned out. Stay tuned! LOL Hey, and thanks for the feedback. I want to get better at this so please understand, I’m impossible to offend. Fire away!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 2584 days ago

Great video Tom. I’m just getting into woodturning. I’ve turned a few bowls out of cherry, and one larger one out of walnut. I always enjoy watching other people turn. The Arariba is a very pretty wood. Nice job, and can’t wait for the next one.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#7 posted 2584 days ago

Great video Tom. Looking forward to the next part.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Douglas Bordner

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#8 posted 2584 days ago

I have a comment vis-a-vis video production. Because I am on a Mac, I want to check with the other PC-based LJs here too as we may encounter differences based on platform, browsers and plugins. The sound level on your video requires that I turn my speaker volume up considerably above what I normally have set. I did notice that the voice-over you supplied in post-production (while you have the Trend Airshield on – I assumed you did this as voice-over in editing) has a louder base level.

With your video production software are you able to edit the audio tracks independently of the video track(s)? Does it provide you with a visual waveform, and are you able to equalize to a more consistent level between live action recording and post-production supplied audio content?

This did not detract from the instructional material presented, but I just wanted to register my experience with you, and check to see if there were cross-platform differences encountered. I use Mozilla Firefox as my browser, and my video plug-ins usually are either Adobe Flash Player (v.,0,45,0 utilized in this instance) or Apple QuickTime (my current version is 7.2).

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 2584 days ago


Just to add some fun to this, I captured this on a PC and edited on a Mac. LOL. As for the sound equalization, I’m actually more savvy with using some PC software than the iMovieHD software on my Mac. You are, however, correct. The sound is an issue. I can up the sound level in editing. I’ve found that what is a good audio level for me, is too low for others. This is because I use a headset with independent volume control. I think that using an independent microphone will help with future podcasts. I just have to work out what I’m going to use.

Thanks for the feedback. I’ll try and use the speakers on the machine to test audio levels rather than my headset in future.



-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 2583 days ago

Most excellent…...

Good input as well. I tell you…the content here is going to rival any other site…..It’s already better in many ways but you are upping the ante here Tom. I need to get a digital video camera…...and some better editing software. I’ve pasted together the 30 second videos I can do on my digital camera but that’s too limiting for what you are doing here. I’ll have to stick to some Sketchup tutorials. When are you making the CSS intro available for download?

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#11 posted 2583 days ago

Mot, excellent video. Modern woodworking is making guy like us “Jacks of All Trades” You not only have to know how to do the woodwork, you have to be computer savvy AND be a video producer, director and actor. Who would have thunk it?

Great bowl and explanation of the process.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#12 posted 2583 days ago

Bob, great idea… REALLY specific step-by-step tutorial for those of us who have difficulties making a rectangle! :)

I agree re: the future of LJ.
Thanks Tom (and the rest of the Cyber SS initiators)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#13 posted 2583 days ago

Hi Mot,

Cool video! I’ve only done limited turning in the past, but my interest is renewed after seeing some of your techniques and advice. I guess I got turned off from the lathe because of too many goofs. This was totally my fault for not knowing what I was doing. Seeing another person illustrating concepts in video is a great way to learn.

Keep up the good work!

-- John Nixon - Buffalo, NY -

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#14 posted 2583 days ago

Excellent video, Tom… THANKS for the idea and hard work on this!

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Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 2583 days ago


Thanks for doing this series. Nice work. I wish I had room for a Nova lathe, I love the rotating headstock. I have a set of the Benjamins Best chisels also. Someone in my woodturners club told me about an Ellsworth Chisel available at Lee Valley. They cost $79 but they are great. The chips fly off the wood with this tool.

-- Bob A in NJ

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