First turned bowl

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Project by oldgregg posted 12-16-2014 08:50 AM 1135 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making a bowl, it turned out better than I thought it would. I found a big chunk of walnut in my dads workshop burried under piles of old wood and decided to throw it on the lathe. The wood was already well dry so it made a hell of nasty walnut dust turning and sanding it. I had to go pretty shallow with it from a few holes that were drilled in it but it turned out nice for a first bowl.

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 12:16 PM

Nice bowl!

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 05:51 PM

Great start.
Yes, Walnut dust can be very irritating. I always use a dust collector and a filter mask when turning Walnut. If you are not allergic you are lucky. If you keep exposing yourself to it with out precautions you may develop an allergy. Along that line also be aware that the dust from some tropical woods are actually toxic.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 09:28 PM

I wish my first bowl looked that good.

As for walnut dust being irritating, you can use a 50/50 mixture of bee’s wax and mineral oil as a lubricant when you sand. It may also work with a mixture of paraffin wax and mineral oil. The wax not only lubricates the wood but it acts as a carrier and you do not get any airborne dust.

In your kitchen melt down the wax in a double boiler. Then shut off the stove, you do not want the oil to catch the kitchen on fire. Mix in the mineral oil being carful because the mixture is hot. When it is cool enough to handle put it into a large mouth jar. You may need to adjust the mix ratio to fit your needs. Tip, do not use your wife’s best pot to melt down the bee’s wax. Do not ask me how I know that.

By-the-way, I got this tip from Captain Eddie Castelin at;_ylt=AkM6tYtIJEACnF9DTCaYotibvZx4?fr=yfp-t-302-s&toggle=1&fp=1&cop=mss&ei=UTF-8&p=captain%20eddie%20castelin

For those of you that enjoy Capt. Eddie’s work he is having some health issues now.

So to Capt. Eddie:
Fight the good fight my friend.

-- Bob Clark, Tool Collector and Sawdust Maker

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Ron Ford

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#4 posted 12-16-2014 09:33 PM

Nicely done! Looks like you have a knack as a woodturner.


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#5 posted 12-16-2014 09:44 PM

Nice! I just recently started turning on a lathe and am having a ball with it.
Oh and… WELCOME to LJs !

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#6 posted 12-16-2014 10:26 PM

Thanks for all the helpful comments! Im new to posting on here and its exciting having people comment and enjoy my work as much as I do!

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 03:53 AM

Nice project !!Turned out very well!! Keep the chips flying!! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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