A First Bowl

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Project by brdf11 posted 02-10-2017 01:19 AM 496 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was given a very old Central Machinery lathe recently, and this is my first attempt at making a bowl. It’s a simple and light design, and I’m quite happy with it as a first go. I didn’t have any plan going into it, and just designed it freehand. It’s curly spalted maple that I milled myself, and the finish is just linseed oil.

I don’t have a chuck so it was turned entirely on a face plate and a jam-chuck, and I don’t have a bowl gouge so I made one out of a scrap of drill rod. I will eventually invest in nicer tools, but I was eager to get turning so I used what I had on hand.

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#1 posted 02-10-2017 01:29 AM

That is excellent work for your first time around…..

-- K. Stone “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” ― Benjamin Franklin

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#2 posted 02-10-2017 01:34 AM

Nice work for a first. You improvised nicely and are already caught up in the addiction. Keep them coming.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 02-10-2017 01:54 AM

Nice piece of wood, good start at turning!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 02-10-2017 01:57 AM

Grain like that, can’t go wrong!

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

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#5 posted 02-10-2017 02:17 AM

You did great.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#6 posted 02-10-2017 03:51 AM

Nice work. You’re on the way. Turning can really draw you in. First thing you know, you have a how rack full of turning tools.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#7 posted 02-10-2017 06:29 AM

Very nice. Looks clean. Do you love just going freehand and seeing what comes out of the wood?
If you like bowl turning. Look for a chuck. It makesa lot of things easier. Hood Lusk


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