|Project by Bob Collins||posted 1585 days ago||929 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
My second project using Dick Steussy’s bowlsaw. Starting with a 9” diam. blank I shaped the outside of the larger plate, forming the base and the sacrifice wood for the lathe. Reversing the blank and securing it in the chuck and with the pin at the tool stock I cut the 5/8” grove for the bowsaw. I then used the parting chisel to cut the thin grove for the 5” top plate the same depth as the larger grove. The smaller plate can be rough shaped now or after the next procedure. REMEMBER: the lathe is now turned to the low speed of 500rpm or less. With the 6” bowlsaw I turned the lathe by hand to make the initial cut then turned on the lathe and proceded to cut off the ring which can be used later as a part of another bowl or vase. Pic. 2. Finish shaping the base of the smaller plate and it can now be cut from the main plate, once agan a small tap with the rubber mallet will set it free. Re-adjust the lathe speed and complete the hollowing of the large and small plate. The column can be turned from any scrap wood you have. Advantages of using this saw is you only use one blank for two plates with identical grain markings and minimum sawdaust waste.
With the 6” and 8” bowlsaw this will be a valuable tool for the hobbyist and will pay for itself with the wood saved. More information can be viewed on www.bowlsaw.com. For those that are a bit worried about holding the saw one handed and turning on the lathe I have found at low speed the teeth of the saw on the wood will stall the lathe long enough to get a two handed grip but I can assure you there is no problem starting the cut normally.
-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools