My first bowl...

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Project by HalDougherty posted 09-20-2009 03:20 AM 2130 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first bowl was turned from Bartlett Pear. The wind split a major limb from a neighbors tree and I saved the good chunks before the trash truck came by. I’m just glad I got a lathe before the wood split. The bowl is pretty rough and the sides are a little thick, but hey, this is my first attempt. I’m going to try some bigger bowls so I can make a dough bowl to go with some of the rolling pins I’ve made. I think this bowl is going to end up as a candy dish.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#1 posted 09-20-2009 03:21 AM

Fantastic job for your first. Looks super and if your wife is like mine, she will let you part with it.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#2 posted 09-20-2009 03:22 AM

Your first bowl is a natural edge, that’s ambitious! Nice job on it also.

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#3 posted 09-20-2009 03:38 AM

Hard to imagine going for a “Bark Edge” on very first piece. Nice going! I can assure you that my first
turning was nothing like this. Might want to check some info on form and shape. Consider smaller diameter
bottom with the sides flowing in a smooth curve to the smaller base. You will want to keep your first
piece for sure. Thickness of piece is not nearly as important as EQUAL thickness to avoid splitting.

-- Imagination is more important than Knowledge

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#4 posted 09-20-2009 03:44 AM

Great job. Nice bowl.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 09-20-2009 04:15 AM

Really neat bowl. BZ

-- Dudley Young USN Retired. Sebastian, Fl.

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#6 posted 09-20-2009 05:09 AM

I am impressed. My first bowl looked like a wooden coffee can. And I still would not part with it.

-- Bill, WV

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#7 posted 09-20-2009 05:36 AM

Very nice and well done. I really like the shape… and is there a little optical illusion? It doesn’t seem round, as being turned, and it looks much more interesting that way.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#8 posted 09-20-2009 07:51 AM

Nice job. Very nice looking bowl.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#9 posted 09-20-2009 09:57 AM

Great looking bowl.

-- Raymond

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#10 posted 09-20-2009 01:06 PM

A very nice looking bowl, first or not.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 09-20-2009 02:14 PM

It’s round, but the irregular edge never did let the bowl balance… The chip of bark that’s missing, was missing when I cut the log. The most important thing I did right was to have very sharp tools. I sharpen my tools on a disc sander to start, then switch to wet or dry sandpaper on a 1/2 inch thick piece of plate glass. The final grit size is usually 2000. At least if you get cut, you won’t feel it…

I turned the section of log green and when it was almost finished, I put it in the microwave for several defrost cycles. It works great for drying wood as long as you go slow and let it cool between ‘cookings’.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 09-20-2009 02:24 PM

very nice ,
i wish all my ” firsts ” ,
came out so good !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#13 posted 09-21-2009 02:11 AM

Very nice work for your first bowl. My first started out of a 8×8x4 block from Rockler but ended up only 5-6” round I had alot of waste from wrong tools. But I enjoued it and haven’t stoped yet even after breaking hand. Enjoy and many more turns…

-- David '65

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#14 posted 09-21-2009 08:33 AM

Great first bowl. Nice job on the live edge. That microwave drying can do wonders. Have had some good and bad luck with it. Will have to try the defrost cycle next time. Thanks for the tip.

Keep up the fantastic work.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#15 posted 09-21-2009 06:24 PM

Good job—Looks really nice!


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