First bowl

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Project by hairy posted 03-17-2009 05:29 PM 1666 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Figured maple. 5 and 1/2” x 2 and 1/2”. Tung oil finish. At this point, the best tool in my arsenal is sand paper.I used a Oneway Talon to hold it for turning, and then I taped it to a board to clean up the bottom. I hope to get better, but it sure is fun.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#1 posted 03-17-2009 06:04 PM

Hey, way to go! My first bowl didn’t look half that nice. You will find that sandpaper will always be your best friend.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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Bill Akins

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#2 posted 03-17-2009 06:58 PM

I agree with odie 100%. Great job, I’m just getting started myself.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#3 posted 03-17-2009 07:19 PM

Ditto what Odie said!!

Here are some links that I have found to be helpful:

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 03-17-2009 07:46 PM

Welcome to the addiction. Next time, you might want to glue a waste block to the bottom. You can turn a tenon on the waste block and remove it the same wayup until the last little nub, which you remove the tailstock and take light cuts to get rid of it.

Good job on popping the curl in that maple. It’s a pretty piece of wood.

-- Steven

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#5 posted 03-17-2009 08:00 PM

Real nice bowl hope you make many more that good ,welcome to the club and remember,like I said
“live to turn turn to live” lol

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Dan'um Style

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#6 posted 03-17-2009 09:56 PM

well done first bowl … keep up the fine work

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 03-17-2009 11:12 PM

Nice bowl. It would sell for at least $75 to $100 in a craft show; possibly more with that great wood grain.

A tip on using chucks. I use a template (a 3’ long board with appropriate size round holes cut in it) a router with template guide and a 8 degree dovetail bit to cut a recess about 1/4’ deep in the bottom of my blank. I then mount the blank using that recess and true up the sides and top on the lathe. In the top I cut a new recess with the router tools so I can remount it the other way around. Everything should be true and concentric at this point. That leaves me working on the bottom which I try to completely finish (sanding and all but no applied finish). I like to leave the chuck recess in the bottoms as you did and usually I decorate the recess with some raised concentric rings or beads, out from the center; only the last 3/8” space needs to be flat for the chuck jaws. Then I turn it over again and finish the inside. All this is done with out waste blocks, glue or any hand sanding. For bowls I usually apply several coats of salad bowl finish to make is usable for almost anything and quite durable. Good thing about the chuck recess in the bottom is you can remount the bowl at a later time to touch up the finish. Oh! one more little thing. As good as lathe chucks are they can be a little bit eccentric so I suggest you always make an index mark on the blank (light pencil mark) so you can remount it in the same position relative to the chuck jaws, if necessary.

-- Les B, Oregon

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scott shangraw

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#8 posted 03-17-2009 11:28 PM

A great start.They will just keep getting better.

-- Scott NM,

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#9 posted 03-18-2009 03:18 AM

Beautiful turning. Love that maple.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Cathy Krumrei

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#10 posted 03-18-2009 05:21 AM

Hey, YOU DONE GOOD! Isn’t it a blast to end up with something like this?? I’m excited for you! Ok? what’s the next project? LOL I use the Super Jaws to work on the bottoms. You do the inside,outer sides and edge first…add the Super Jaws then attach the bowl topside on and tigheten so the rubber holds the bowl in place and now you have the bottom to work on without any worrying of it coming off. And your piece stays even so it doesn’t wobble while turning. It’s very comfortable to use.

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#11 posted 03-18-2009 03:54 PM

Thanks for all the kind word and good advice!

-- My reality check bounced...

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