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My Worst, My Best, My First....Turned Bowl!!!

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Project by DIYaholic posted 05-18-2014 at 03:43 PM 2387 views 1 time favorited 48 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first, you always remember your first, bowl!!!

I won the bowl blank at the last monthly meeting of the “Wood Turners of Northern Vermont” turning club. I only joined the club a few months ago, as I am new to turning. Looks like membership is already reaping rewards!!! I believe that it is cherry….PLEASE correct me if I’m wrong. (I thought I was wrong once… but I was mistaken!)

The “Vital Statistics”....
Wood: Cherry (?) (EDIT: It has been determined to be MAPLE!!!)
Diameter: 6 -1/2”
Depth: 2”
Sanded through 600 grit
Finish: 6ish coats of “O. B. Shine Juice”
Buffed with paste wax

I learned a lot….
Namely that I’ve got a lot to learn!!! I really need to hone my gouge skills. Due to my lack of real skills, I employed my new set of “Benjamin’s Best” 3 piece set of beading tools to help shape the outside. Well, I used one of them anyway. ;^) Shaping the inside was the most challenging, as such the wall/base thickness is a tad more than I’d like. Ehhh, room for improvement isn’t a bad thing though…. just means I need to do a ton more turning. OH DARN!!! There was some tear out, which could not be “repaired”, so that lead to a design modification. There was to be an additional bead around the rim of the bowl, however the tear out required it’s removal, so now the bowl is 1/4” shorter. There are also a few spots that I could have spent a little more time with the lower grits.

I enjoyed turning my first bowl. I enjoyed turning my best bowl. I enjoyed turning my worst bowl. Such is life….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?





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lightcs1776

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#1 posted 05-18-2014 at 03:47 PM

Looks great Randy. I really like the beading on the outside. Your a natural!

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 05-18-2014 at 03:50 PM

Really nice. Welcome to the slippery slope of lathing.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 05-18-2014 at 03:55 PM

My shot at lathe turning is coming. Looks great for a first try.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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DIYaholic

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#4 posted 05-18-2014 at 04:03 PM

Chris,
Thanks. Yeah, I needed to justify the purchase of the beading set.
A “Natural” YES, but at what I don’t know!!!

Russell,
I appreciate the kudos, & the “Welcome Warning”!!!

Monte,
Ya need to take a crack it, as it is fun…. and expensive!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#5 posted 05-18-2014 at 04:42 PM

Hey, Randy! Do you remember the first bowl you made? It sure was nice with the beading and pretty cherry wood.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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BigDan2

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#6 posted 05-18-2014 at 04:42 PM

Cool bowl is really nice for the first. dont stop go go hi hi

-- BigDan

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-18-2014 at 04:49 PM

Dang Randy, I can’t believe how nice that bowl turned out! Not that I lacked faith in your skills…....

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Dave

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#8 posted 05-18-2014 at 04:54 PM

Randy I am impressed. Really well done.
Wow, ok wheres my cereal and milk.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Doe

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#9 posted 05-18-2014 at 04:54 PM

Lovely bowl, nicely done. First bowls are always a bit thicker but yours is nicely balanced and doesn’t look heavy. If there are ugly spots on the inside you could use it to keep loose change; it’ll get more dings to even things out.

Well done.

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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DIYaholic

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#10 posted 05-18-2014 at 05:07 PM

Bill,
Yes, I remember the first bowl I packed, err never mind…. different story!!!

Dan.
If I can call you Dan….
Thanks for making me feel “cool”.
I don’t plan on stopping, however for those that know me, it is the starting that I have problems with!!!

Andy,
I too am a little surprised at how well it came out. The kind words are appreciated.

Dave,
That is “super” praise, coming from you!!!
I was thinkin’ ice cream!!!

Doe,
Your thoughtful acknowledgements mean a lot. Yeah, I wasn’t fretting about any of the “minor” details….
The worse my first one is…. the better all the rest will be!!!

Now then, where did I put that hot fudge….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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JL7

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#11 posted 05-18-2014 at 05:39 PM

Randy…...looks to me like a #1 hit in the making. You got a ton of detail in there…..and it looks great! Have Marty send you some of that Box Elder he’s got…....then you can make a #2…... :)

Great to see the projects coming out of the Lair….........

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 05-18-2014 at 05:51 PM

Your first bowl is always something special. My first 6’’ bowl ended up a 3’’ coaster. Still have it. Nice work on yours and keep turning.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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TheDane

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 at 05:53 PM

Randy—Very nice piece … I like the beading on the outside of the bowl. Shine Juice is a very good finish, and it doesn’t break the bank either. Wise move to join an AAW affiliate … the member benefits are substantial and improving all of the time!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Andy Ponder

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#14 posted 05-18-2014 at 06:10 PM

Randy….very nice. I like the detail with the beads.

I remember my first bowl nearly fifty years ago in school wood shop. My second about six months ago..
My first was the better of the two.

I do have eight drying in shavings now though from a catalpa tree in my back yard that got too tall for comfort.

Again….a very nice job.

Andy

-- AP--Unless you're the lead dog, the view never changes.

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Rick M.

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#15 posted 05-18-2014 at 06:15 PM

Some great turnings ahead if that is your first bowl!

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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