Turning a Bowl #3: Finishing Cuts, Sanding, Oil

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Hi Folks,

Here’s the final in the bowl turning series. Finishing cuts, some sanding (ooo, that’s fun to watch) and applying a finish. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series. In upcoming videos, I’ll go through turning tools, sharpening, and chucking options.


-- 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 2588 days ago

well done Tom—on the video series as well as the beautiful bowl that you created. It’s lovely!!

what’s next on the agenda?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#2 posted 2587 days ago

Very nice. Looking forward to seeing your upcoming videos.

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

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#3 posted 2586 days ago

Beauty! Thanks for filling in my TV void in the summer programming rotation,.. only problem is, now I have 2 computer users to vie for time with. Can’t see spending all my hard earned (and virtually non-existant) woodworking dollars on a new laptop, (cause now I NEED some new toys for turning) but I bet the new iPhone will help me fix my LJ Jones anywhere!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#4 posted 2584 days ago

Thanks, Tom.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 2572 days ago

Hi Tom…........welcome home!!!

Finished up your Bowl Turning skill share….....the 3 parts were excellent. Very subtly, you presented very important aspects of turning that although they seem to just occur, you made a point to emphasize there appearance.

The 2 that come to mind are in Part1 when you state that the operator isn’t sighting the tool end for shape, but rather the back edge (the horizon?) of the turning for crispness. The 2nd point that you presented, that we’ve all been in, but never really thought about was in part3 when you mention how a shorter tool rest may have worked better but we all..when turning ”push the situation you are in” true is that!!!!

Tom, that was very knowledgable and I appreciate that work….................Neil

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#6 posted 2572 days ago

Thanks, Neil. Yes, “horizon,” I was struggling for JUST that word! Thank you for your comments! The trip was fantastic too!

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

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#7 posted 2572 days ago

Nice work, Tom.

Comments: It would be nice if you had a couple of specifics in your descriptor of the project. Species, diameter of the bowl, things like that.

Your comment about “right thickness for dry wood” (in the second instalment?) is one that will probably cause every bowl-turning novice’s head at least a little. Wanna explain your preferences for thickness on a bowl from dried wood as opposed to a green wood bowl? I’ve done both and have my own reasons for different thicknesses, but since this is your project, it would be good for you to think out loud, methinks. 8^)

-- Dean, Missouri

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#8 posted 2569 days ago

Great video and a great job on the bowl. I will be glad when I can do the same. Thanks

-- James Elrod Jr.

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#9 posted 2569 days ago

Great looking bowl Tom. And great Video Share.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#10 posted 2523 days ago

Thanks for the vid. I have my new mini lathe sitting down stairs (just came yesterday) and have not put any wood in it yet :) Heck, I don’t even know which side of the chisel to poke at the wood <laugh> .

I would assume the U faces up when you cut, I had trouble seeing it in the vid. I’ll watch it again. The spindle gouge and roughing gouge look very similar. How do you tell them apart? I wish there was a woodcraft closer than 2 hours away. If I don’t log for a while it will be because I lost an eye :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 2523 days ago

This is a pretty good link…

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

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