|Project by Bob Collins||posted 1800 days ago||2057 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
My first attempt using Dick Steuss’s bowlsaw was a great experience for me. I had prepared my 6 1/2” blank in anticipation of the bowlsaw arriving, the easy to follow instructions of his web site www.bowlsaw.com was
enough to get me started. After rounding the blank I shaped the outside of the bigger bowl but unlike
the instructions instead of drilling the hole for the chuck I left the sacrifice wood (correct me if I got the name
wrong) see 2nd Pic. I then turned the blank around, securing it in the chuck and commenced to cut the grove with a parting tool (about 1/2” wide) to the required depth, finishing this with a flat 1/2” skew, then shaped the bottom of the smaller bowl leaving the grip piece for the chuck. 3rd Pic.
A few days later the bowlsaw arrived and it was straight to the shed. Turning the lathe speed down to the lowest revs possible (mine was about 500rpm), I checked to make sure the bowlsaw fitted in the grove, needed a slight widening, making sure the saw is at the bottom of the grove I hand turned the bowl to make the initial contact with the wood, moving bowl back and forth to start a small cut. Then resting the bowlsaw on the toolrest, holding firmly with the right hand I turned on the lathe, now holding the saw with both hands started the contact and slowly started the cut. Slowly but surely the saw completed the cut leaving a small contact piece of wood holding both bowls together. After turning off the lathe the bowls were seperated by a slight tap with the rubber mallet and for the first time I have two bowls from the one blank with minimum waste of wood. Big bowl back on the chuck for final clean up and then the small bowl was hollowed out. I think there would have been a possible third bowl but would have been quite small.
The smaller bowl is about 4 1/2” diam. and I made a fitted lid and finial for this . This is great tool for the hobby turner, I have found it safe and nothing to be frightened off although I must admit I was a bit edgy when turning on the lathe while holding one handed. I would recommend this to any wood turner, not only is it a easy tool to use but the wood saved pays for itself. Glad to answer any questions about it.
-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools