|Project by jbrinkman||posted 01-08-2009 12:26 AM||1706 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
This Square Bowl is one of my first major woodturning projects. I had seen plenty of turnings which did not have a traditional round shape and I tried to figure out how they did it. This bowl is my first attempt at creating at turning of a non-round shape. In fact it is probably only my third piece I have ever turned.
This bowl is made from Walnut and was turned on my old ShopSmith (I have since moved up to a Nova 1624-44 lathe). The method I used here, as you can see from the photos, was to glue poplar wasteblocks to the edges so that I could turn the bowl round. Once the turning was complete, I used my father in laws bandsaw to remove the poplar.
If I was to return this project today, I would start with a square blank, skip the poplar waste blocks and turn at a much higher speed. I don’t think I went much above 800 rpm when I first turned this, but would probably turn close to 2000 RPM today.
-- Joe Brinkman, Ohio - http://blog.theaccidentalgeek.com