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First bowl on my first lathe

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Project by Jay20650 posted 06-10-2014 05:51 PM 1127 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having never turned anything in my life, I jumped in feet first when an opportunity to get a great deal on a lathe popped up on craigslist. This is the first bowl off the lathe. The wood blank came with the lathe and was already dry.

This was a fun and super challenging project, I kept running back in to watch youtube videos to figure out how to use the tools! I like the shape and it is pretty consistent in thickness, finished with homemade butherblock finish (beeswax and mineral oil…it’s what I had on hand).

Now I have a growing collection of roughed out bowls drying and waiting their turn:) As luck would have it, last year I milled a pecan tree and an ambosia maple tree into slabs and never got around to dealing with the smaller log sections. So they laid in a pile since last summer…I figured i would go cut a couple to practice making more bowls and the wood is beautifully spalted! So I have a ready made supply of gorgeous wood about from about 8 to 15 inches in diameter.

Jay

-- Jay, http://www.facebook.com/porcupinedesigns





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degoose

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#1 posted 06-10-2014 05:55 PM

Wow …. no stopping you now….

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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doubleDD

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#2 posted 06-10-2014 05:56 PM

Very nice bowl, first try or not. Beautiful selection of wood.

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

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helluvawreck

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#3 posted 06-10-2014 06:05 PM

You did a fine job on this. Keep up the good work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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waho6o9

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#4 posted 06-10-2014 06:25 PM

Gorgeous grain with a fine finish, your first bowl

is awesome!

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Rickterscale

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#5 posted 06-10-2014 06:40 PM

I was gonna say nice job for a first bowl, but it looks good regardless of what number it is.

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Thewoodman2000

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#6 posted 06-10-2014 06:42 PM

Great job and love the profile. Flows very nice.
Its good to have another one hooked on turning now!!!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James www.etsy.com/shop/ZionsWoodnCrafts

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 06-10-2014 07:07 PM

Good job. I hope to get a lathe soon.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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stefang

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#8 posted 06-10-2014 07:07 PM

Nice turning and the wood is really spectacular too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Ronald G Campbell

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#9 posted 06-10-2014 07:35 PM

For your first you are off to a great start. Keep turning

-- Ron Campbell https://www.facebook.com/ronald.g.campbell

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Knothead62

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#10 posted 06-10-2014 07:39 PM

Beautiful! Love the contrasting colors. Check out www.woodturner.org for tons of info about turning. Also, you can see if there is a local club near you. I joined on last year and it has been a blast. Learned a lot about turning.

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SCOTSMAN

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#11 posted 06-10-2014 08:55 PM

Really you are a born natural some people just take to woodturning on day one ,you will really go far if you enjoy it and continue I hope you do. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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peteg

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#12 posted 06-10-2014 10:51 PM

Fabulous first effort Jay, looks like a very nice finish, well done
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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luv2learn

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#13 posted 06-11-2014 12:15 AM

You are on your way now. There is nothing like success right out of the box to boost your confidence. Great job.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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palaswood

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#14 posted 06-11-2014 12:30 AM

You know that spalted pecan and ambrosia maple is total junk wood but I’m a nice guy so I’ll take it off your hands if you’ll just ship it to over here to Cali. ;)

Freaking awesome bowl

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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English

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#15 posted 06-11-2014 12:45 AM

Beautiful Bowl!! Great work. Keep me coming.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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