First turned bowl ever!

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-01-2016 08:57 AM 861 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last March / April (2015), I restored a 1940’s era Beaver 3400 lathe. It was my first lathe ever and I had never done any turning before. After a few experiments just to see how it feels to cut and use different turning tools and techniques, I decided to try my hand at a small bowl.
This bowl is made from a small block of cherry, about 4.5” diameter and 2” deep. I stuck with a very simple design to get used to turning. My wife now uses this bowl at work to hold paperclips on her desk.

Thanks for looking and commenting!!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 04-01-2016 02:37 PM

Hey, RS, nice job on that bowl. I beat you by a few months and turned my first late last year. It is fun, nerve-wracking, rewarding, scary and great. I guess that’s why all of us adrenaline junkies go round eventually.

Keep practicing.

-- Jon --Always remember, never live your life by a motto.

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#2 posted 04-01-2016 03:09 PM

Sounds very familiar, the first one is always special. My second one was bigger and a little more detail but Granddaughter took it! Have to keep an eye out for Kiefers creations, stopped by his place for coffee and see he now has a lathe! Wife came home with a beautiful Box of course! Nice bowl by the way!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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RS Woodworks

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#3 posted 04-02-2016 04:00 AM

Thanks guys. I’ve turned at least a dozen more bowls since this one, and a platter too. I’ve definitely tried more difficult designs, including some live edge stuff and a winged bowl. I will post some more of them soon.
I sure do love the turning!

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#4 posted 04-04-2016 05:31 AM

Nice job on the bowl, finish looks great. That was my first lathe too. If I had it again I’d have a jackshaft so I could have two belts and sets of pulleys and get a much slower low speed.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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