My First Bowl Turning.

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Project by Cliff posted 09-26-2014 02:02 AM 1496 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First of all thank you to all the Friendly and very Helpful advice that I received on the Forum where I posted a question regarding gluing scrap timber and then turning it on the Lathe. This is the result.

The total finished dimensions of this Bowl are, 3 3/4 Inches High. 4 3/4 inches Diameter and Depth inside the Bowl is just over 3 1/4 inches. Strangely, when looking at the bowl… looks bigger????? My original Idea was for it to be 12 inches high and 6 inches in diameter, I changed my mind when realizing that would be a huge amount to hollow out, so it seemed more prudent as a “First Timer” to take it steady and try something a little easier.

The Bowl is made up of 5 layers of Bits and Pieces of scrap wood glued on top of each other. From the bottom it is a dark textured very old Australian Hard Wood which had quite a distinct aroma of chocolate as it was cut and turned. Then a piece of light coloured Hardwood, then an M D F bit of scrap, followed by a low grade 5 ply and on the very top a scrap of soft pine.

After turning and sanding it is finished with 6 coats of Danish Oil. There were a few scary moments while turning and getting the fright of my life when somehow the face plate screws came adrift and somehow this caused the hand wheel on the left of the head stock to run away from home…....there was this almighty BANG as it hit the nearby wall in the Shop….....If the wall wasn’t there, the blessed hand wheel might have ended up in California!!!!

It was an enjoyable project which made me even more addicted to Wood Work and very appreciative of such a great Site such as Lumber Jocks!!!!!

Kind regards to all.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 02:22 AM

Very nice.

-- Robert in middle TN

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 03:14 AM

Nice one, Cliff. Keep ‘em coming!!!!!!!!!!Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 04:18 AM

Very nice Cliff! Nice use of what could have been simply tossed out. I have recently started my adventure in wood turning and all I can say is” IM HOOKED”!!!# Keep up the great work

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 04:55 AM

Hi Robert,
Thank you for looking at my project.


Thanks Jim, I’ll try and do just that!!!!!!!



Garry, nice to hear from you!! Thank you for your encouraging words.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 06:16 AM

Nice piece of turning Cliff, like the way you have used the different woods. Great for the first try, have you thought of turning/cutting the middle out of each blank before gluing them together, these could be them glued up and turned into a vase. Just a thought. Nice finish you achieved, keep at it and keep posting.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 06:50 AM

Thanks Bob. Very good advice. Yes I think that would be the way to go as it would give me more scope in arranging the pieces and making the project more interesting to look at. I’ll put my thinking cap on.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 12:05 PM

I’ve been doing a little turning, trying, and I’m impressed that’s your first bowl. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#8 posted 09-26-2014 01:12 PM

Nice work, Cliff! I know there’s plenty more where that came from.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#9 posted 09-26-2014 01:22 PM

Beautiful bowl, Cliff! The layers add to the visual impact. This site is great for learning. Please keep turning and posting!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 09-26-2014 05:11 PM

Good looking Cliff. I really like the plywood band on it. I will have to keep that in mind.

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

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#11 posted 09-27-2014 01:39 AM

Dan, Thank you for the nice comments.

Thanks Hairy!!! You have inspired me, so I will try and produce more!!!

Hi Candy,
I am delighted that you liked my Bowl Turning….Yes, this site is really great for learning. Looking forward to seeing more of your work. God bless you too Candy.

Hi Dave, thank you for your comments…....glad that you liked the Ply Wood Band, it convinced me to experiment further with it. Bob Collins from Australia has produced some beautiful projects using Ply Wood.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 04-29-2015 12:46 PM

looks amazing! Nice wood texture.

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