|Project by lightcs1776||posted 07-06-2014 10:15 PM||1293 views||0 times favorited||27 comments|
This is not a “Look how nice this project is” post. I thought about not posting it at all, but I think others could learn a few things from this that I learned. So, here it goes.
Sherry, my wife, and I worked on this bowl. It is made of strips of cherry and beech. I enjoyed this bowl for a couple of reasons. First, it was just fun to make, being our first decent size bowl. It’s about 3” deep, and 6” around. Second, it taught me a lot about bowl making.
The first lesson is to ensure the pieces are well milled. I have been enjoying this hobby for less than 9 months. I glued this up less about 6 months ago, after I purchased the lathe for my wife. I didn’t have any hand planes, and recently had purchased a Dewalt planer. Needless to say, there were gaps in the joints. If your going to glue up wood for a bowl, the edges need to be tightly jointed together.
Lesson two, make sure your dove tail is deep enough and has straight or slightly indented sides. The bowl came off, hitting me square in the face shield. That brings up another point. ALWAYS wear a face shield.
Lesson three and four. Don’t over saturate with water when sanding and don’t use cheap sandpaper. I wet down the bowl with a paper towel, but used too much water and the bowl started to get out of round. I also used Harbor Frieght sand paper, which left a gray coloring on the wood.
Lesson five, CA glue will kill your staining results. We have white spots where we had to put CA glue to keep the poor seams together.
Lesson six, practice, practice, practice. I like the way it came out, warts and all. Why? Because we both learned a lot about bowl turning. We are learning how to keep our tools sharp, how the wood reacts with different tools, how the different speeds help or hinder, and how to have fun. And, we did it together, which makes it very cool.
Please, feel free to provide constructive criticism. I will not take offense if you have advice I can apply to the next bowl.
Thanks for taking a look and thanks, in advance, for any tips you may have in improving our future turning projects.
-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **