|Project by Mike_D_S||posted 08-05-2016 03:11 AM||515 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I had picked up a couple of nice Maple bowl 9×9x4 blanks a month ago. After finishing my first bowl (live edge oak bowl) I decided to go ahead and tackle one of the big blanks today. I drilled a hole in the one side, screwed in the woodworm screw, chucked it up and got to turning.
As with the first bowl I did, there was a sort of live action learning curve. But overall it went fairly well. I don’t have a set of calipers for checking the bowl thickness so I’m having to sort of eyeball it and using my fingers to check for consistent thickness. I have a new appreciation for bowl gouges after working on this piece. There is a technique to it, but it’s not overly difficult to get started and if you are careful with the presentation, the chance of a catch seems to be low. This is also the first time I’ve really used a scraper and it did a good job.
A couple hours later I had this bowl finished. The blank had a little visible tiger stripe, but it really shows well in the bowl. The finish is just beeswax polished on.
I’m pretty happy with it for only my second bowl. The sides are relatively uniform thickness, starting at about 1/4” at the rim and thinning down to about 3/32” for most of the bowl sides. The bottom is about 3/32” thick as well, though the foot area is much thicker than that. There are a couple of spots that aren’t perfect, but overall I think it’s maybe a B+ effort?
Thanks for looking,
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