First ever bowl for me (that didn't explode)

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 03-02-2015 12:50 AM 1186 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well my father in law gave me a 10×18 inch harbor freight lathe for Christmas. I have never in my life turned a single thing before. I watched a lot of videos to try to learn a little. Well theory and practice are definitely different.

BAM! POW! BOOOM! Bowls, exploding everywhere. “Oh that’s what a catch is” “Maybe a little slower on the speed”
“Lighter cuts wannabe Thor”. Very exciting

So needless to say I learned a lot. I can see how turning can become addicting however. It sure is fun

The bowl is cherry, about 6 inches in diameter. Sanded to 600

3 coats Tried and True Danish Oil.

Thanks for looking all,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 03-02-2015 12:57 AM

Looks great my friend. Cherry is just beautiful.


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#2 posted 03-02-2015 01:20 AM

Ride the bevel. That is the trick, once you learn that its easier.

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#3 posted 03-02-2015 09:19 AM

Beautiful cherry bowl, Kaleb! Finish looks great. Keep on turning and sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 03-02-2015 11:40 AM

Thanks Candy and Mr. Jinx.

Thank you BassPimp, I am steadily figuring that out. Thanks again. Turning sure is fun

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 03-02-2015 01:12 PM

Very nice!
Only thing I can offer is “Practice. practice, practice.” I’m still learning and only by doing more is how I hope to be a better turner.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 03-02-2015 05:30 PM

We all started somewhere with various degrees of success. Yours looks good.
Even experienced turners occasionally get “catches”. Mine usually occur on the bottom inside curve of a deep bowl….just as I’m trying to make my final smoothing cuts. It usually leaves a gouge in the wood that is now to thin to cut past and repair.. The air burns blue in my shop when that happens. LOL

A good way to finish turnings that will be used for food I use either mineral oil, processed walnut oil, (they need to be touched up periodically) or my favorites the salad bowl finishes by Behlen or General. All take several coats but can be wiped on with lint free cloth. The salad bowl finished usually take 3 to 5 applications with light sanding in between (400 grit or 0000 steel wool). They are good for years of regular use, resistant to moisture, acids (vinegar), and alcohol, and are easy to hand wash. Also they put a hard finish on softer wood to resist dents and scratches.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Kaleb the Swede

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#7 posted 03-02-2015 07:30 PM

Thanks again all.

Les thanks for the great advice there. I will give those finishes a go

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#8 posted 03-08-2015 01:34 AM

Great bowl, Kaleb. Keep ‘em coming!

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

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