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Project by Steffen posted 2623 days ago 1390 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small bowl turned from lacewood. I probably wont turn a lacewood bowl again until I purchase much harder turning tools. This thing was a pain the the rear. Normally I let projects marinate on top of my TV but this one got shoved onto a top shlef in my shop. I finally decided to do some simple finish sanding and coat it with 5 coats of General gloss clear. I would have liked to have turned the tool marks out of the inside of the bowl but I got ahead of myself when I had it reverse chucked and I cut the bottom flat. Cest la Vie!

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA





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oscorner

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#1 posted 2623 days ago

The thickness is nice and even and the color is great. Sometimes we get so excited, we just can’t wait to see the finished product and…Oops. I think it gives it an added flare.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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mot

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#2 posted 2623 days ago

How did you chuck this, Steffen?

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Steffen

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#3 posted 2623 days ago

I started out by screwing the blank to a face plate so I could rough the outside and turn a tenon on the bottom. Then I put it in my Oneway scroll chuck and turned the inside of the bowl. Then I turned it around again and put it in the Oneway chuck with the Oneway mini jumbo jaws and turned the tenon off the bottom.

It was a lot of chucking and re-chucking for such a small bowl. Plus, it would almost be worth the expense to have a second chuck to mount the mini jumbo jaws because they are a pain to take on and off. (I know I’m gonna loose a screw one of these days)

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-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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Dorje

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#4 posted 2622 days ago

How was it turning the lacewood?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Steffen

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#5 posted 2622 days ago

I didn’t like it. It was very very hard and it dulled my tools very quickly.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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Dorje

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#6 posted 2622 days ago

I’ve always admired lacewood, but never thought about turning it. So, would you do it again? I’m guessing – no, but you tell me!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Steffen

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#7 posted 2622 days ago

yes I would do it again but with much better tools…it really needs a really sharp edge and with the crown tools I have they are just too soft and don’t hold the edge well enough. It’s a very beautiful wood…

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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Dorje

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#8 posted 2622 days ago

What tools would you go for?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Steffen

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#9 posted 2622 days ago

something like a Cryogenically treated M2 HSS. According to what I’ve read they hold an edge somewhere around 6 times longer. Then there are the hamlet tools which are made by powdered metallurgy technology and they hold an edge 4-5 times longer than stander M2 HSS.

I haven’t been doing it long enough to really know the difference. I bought my set of 8 crown tools from CL for $75. I’ve decided they are going to be my training tools for sharpening and all that so I don’t mess up the nice tools when I buy them. The tools I have are really great and for everything except that lacewood bowl they have been more than enough. I would like a scraper with a longer handle but I can just make a new handle for the one I’ve got, although that means buying the bed extension for my jet mini-lathe.

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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Dorje

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#10 posted 2622 days ago

Sounds good on the tools! I just have that Jet mini too, and cannot wait to upgrade!!! I really want to turn big bowls! But, I keep spending my dough on other tools that seem to be priorities…

$75 for the Crown tools was a steal! When I got my little lathe off of CL, there was a set of Sorbys (not complete by any stretch) and I picked those up too. I imagine they’re pretty similar to the Crowns? Are the Crowns standard HSS? Those Hamlet tools ARE impressive.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Steffen

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#11 posted 2622 days ago

Yeah, I don’t have the dark handled crown tools…mine are just standard HSS. Nice wood box and all…I think I got a pretty good deal on them. My next purchas is going to be the 8” delta grinder with the wolf system…

-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA

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Dorje

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#12 posted 2622 days ago

Exactly! I just picked up the Wolverine with a 25% rockler coupon and have the 8” Delta VS grinder on the list, but I have a 6” grinder and two individual 1725 motors that are set up for grinding, so I’m a bit hesitant to leave the old (very functional) set ups behind!

One of the motors is used with that Veritas grinding jig and the other with a shop made support to hold the Vari-grind jig, wihich I purchased on its own, before getting the main Wolverine jig.

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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HandsOgold

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#13 posted 2620 days ago

Lacewood is indeed a bitch to work with.BUT look at the results. You coulda turned the bowl outa pine, but then what would you have. the easier a project the less total satisfaction.

-- Dan

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Karson

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#14 posted 2620 days ago

Great looking bowl. Looking at the reflection in the middle of the third picture, did the wood shrink after it was turned>

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Jon3

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#15 posted 2620 days ago

Nice bowl!

I was tempted by those jumbo jaws, so I could snip the tenons off the bottom, but I’m holding out for a while until I upgrade into a full size lathe so I can get the larger ones.

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