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Project by bushmaster posted 04-12-2016 04:44 AM 3202 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the main purposes of this posting is to post link to demonstration videos of the steps I use to lathe a bowl, I help people on the technique whenever I can and I hope these video’s will help them remember what I have shown them and you may find them interesting as well. Two of the bowls shown above where done during the demo’s. I used the lathe that I made a couple years ago and can be viewed at this link.

I divided the video into three sections

1. Introduction, homemade lathe, cutting and preparing the blank to start lathing 4:13

2. Lathing the bowl, outside, inside, attaching chuck. 8:34

3. Completing the bowl, ready for finish. 5:36

Or can be watched one as a complete play list.

I made two videos of the complete time to hollow out a 12 in bowl if you just want to watch the chips fly.
One of a natural edge and one of a flat rim

Or both together.

You must note that this is the first ime I have made Utube video’s so are very amateur, but I wanted to share them with you and I thought you would find my lathe interesting. I makes things as round as a Oneway and most likely just as fast. The cost fit may pocketbook as I just lathe for fun and love to watch the chips fly.


A friend of mine drove 300 miles over a few weeks ago to get some instruction, and visit too. As I said I enjoy teaching what I have learned.
I have just finished a large all steel lathe made entirely of scrap iron that I will post soon, If you thought this one was interesting you will want to see this one in action.

Just about 80 years but caught on quickly to cutting the wood and not scraping and was soon shooting out ribbons of chips, not as aggressive I was but did a great job. In fact so good we microwaved the bowl and finished it the next day. The wood block had a crack in it I thought he would just cut for practice. His wife knitts all the time so I cut the crack line out and made it into a knitting bowl. She put it richgt to good use. Knitters always have their knitting with them,

My son even had a try at it and did real well to when they came to visit.

Well I had better not put any more pictures on or you will be really bored, I thought of putting a picture of my new SUPPER DUPPER SCRAP IRON LATHE. as a preview, but I quess you will just have to wait…..

Thanks for looking and comment appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 04-12-2016 05:09 AM

Excellent, he said, twisting his mustache.
And, the bowl is gorgeous. What is that wood? So creamy.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 06:04 AM

It has some beautiful finish. This T slot is nice addition for your wife’s projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 07:55 AM

Very nice, What a great idea.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 08:36 AM

Man of many talents.
Congrats on the lathe.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 12:29 PM

Very nice work, Brian. I can’t wait to see your new lathe. you must have quite a metal shop too!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 01:55 PM

Brian, thanks for this interesting post. I checked out your lathe. It’s very nice shop built machine. I will definitely look at the videos later today. The bowls look great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 04-12-2016 01:57 PM

That’s a very robust lathe Brian and I will be watching your videos .


-- Kiefer

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#8 posted 04-12-2016 08:52 PM

GREAT WORK on the bowls and the “new” lathe!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#9 posted 04-13-2016 05:15 AM

Nice job Brian, now how can we get away from leaning the same way all the time while turning? At 63 it adds up. Hope I can do as well as your 80 year old buddy. Nothing wrong with your pictures or videos. Birch bowls?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#10 posted 04-13-2016 09:27 AM

I really liked watching the videos. I’ll be doing some of this too and show my daughter too. My Jet lathe cannot compare. I may need to make a toolrest like yours!

Are you using lacquer, then buffing? I couldn’t figure out how you’re finishing.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#11 posted 04-13-2016 10:33 PM

The lathe has turned out fantastic Brian and your you tube instructional videos are great…top marks sir..

PS – I’ve forwarded your you tube video links to a few Aussie mates who turn, thank you Brian…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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