|Project by DAC||posted 07-21-2014 04:16 PM||552 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
Bowl turning is fun even though I cut to deep on a couple of them and took out the bottom on one of my other learning curve pieces. I have since bought a digital readout caliper to help eliminate cutting too much off. No fun watching half a bowl go flying through the air, ha ha. I remember making balsa wood airplanes when I was a kid, never thought I would be making flying saucers. It is nice to have my shop back up and running again. It took me about 9 months to get it set up. Electrical work, new walls, dust collection, tool placement, shelving and cabinets, air conditioning as it gets really hot out in the desert and brutally cold in the winter.
The bowls are made from red elm and carved out with easytools carbide tipped tools. they cut really easy. you cannot re-sharpen carbide so you just replace the tips when worn. The finish is Masterpiece 3 step wood finish. Bowl on left is 80 grit then step one. Bowl on right is 120 grit then step one finish. I like the way it looks on red elm especially starting at 80 grit. both are finished at 1500 grit. more details if you want them. Turned on a Nova 1624-44. Later when I can afford it I will buy the variable speed head or some other way to make it a VS lathe. maybe a different motor that I can control the speed on.
-- Wood is a zen like experiance.