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First ever bowl on the lathe (osage orange wood)

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Project by HoosierBoy87 posted 07-07-2017 03:30 AM 1450 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Other than helping turn a few pens on a friends midi lathe- this is the first ever woodturned project I have made. I recently bought an older cheap lathe on a homebuilt stand to try my hand at doing this sort of stuff and so far I love it. I’m planning on practicing more with what I have then maybe I’ll upgrade to something a little nicer.

-- Ross, Bloomington Indiana





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DMiller

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#1 posted 07-07-2017 04:43 AM

Looks Beautiful! What kind of finish do you use on your projects that come in contact with food? Great Job!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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ZAGREB

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#2 posted 07-07-2017 06:29 AM

nice bowl
now you are hooked

-- bambi

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woodshaver Tony C

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#3 posted 07-07-2017 09:37 AM

Nice job on your first turning Ross!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 07-07-2017 01:07 PM

Turned out looking great. Not my first but one of my early ones was osage orange. Just learning to sharpen the tools at time, I ended up with more dust coming from the bowl than shavings.

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

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 07-07-2017 02:14 PM

Congratulations, we all get that same feeling mm on our first tunings. Wing new to turning myself the feeling is fresh. It’s very addicting and easy to spend money…lol Great bowl and look fwd to many more.

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

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bushmaster

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#6 posted 07-07-2017 04:15 PM

You did an excellent job. new, expensive, old, homebuilt they all do the same thing and capability of doing excellent work. It is usually the operator that makes the difference and you have made the grade.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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JoeinDE

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#7 posted 07-07-2017 07:28 PM

Nice job on your first bowl. I really enjoy working with osage orange.

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/JMsWoodCreations

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John

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#8 posted 07-07-2017 09:00 PM

Good looking bowl Ross, great start to your turning career, none of that wood up my way.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Arlin Eastman

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#9 posted 07-07-2017 09:19 PM

Again what everyone said. Great work and no sanding marks I can see so that is even better. I wish I had a ton of that stuff.

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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HoosierBoy87

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#10 posted 07-07-2017 09:52 PM


Looks Beautiful! What kind of finish do you use on your projects that come in contact with food? Great Job!

- DMiller

Thank you- I simply rubbed some butcher block (tung) oil on it after I had sanded it to 400 grit. the wood is so dense and tight grained though that it really almost didn’t need sanded off the lathe and already was shining like glass before I had put anything on it. Butcher block oil is what I have used on this and the cutting board I made. It brings out the color in wood and cures within the wood fibers to help protect it as well. It is completely food safe once cured.

-- Ross, Bloomington Indiana

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HoosierBoy87

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#11 posted 07-07-2017 09:58 PM



Nice job on your first turning Ross!

- woodshaver Tony C

-Thanks Tony

-- Ross, Bloomington Indiana

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HoosierBoy87

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#12 posted 07-07-2017 10:04 PM



Turned out looking great. Not my first but one of my early ones was osage orange. Just learning to sharpen the tools at time, I ended up with more dust coming from the bowl than shavings.

- doubleDD

Yes-had a brand new bowl gouge I used on it, and had to go resharpen it before making the final cut. I was getting a lot of dust like you said at first. I played around with my tool angle and finally started making some good clean cuts on it. It does seem to dull your tools very quickly though.

-- Ross, Bloomington Indiana

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HoosierBoy87

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#13 posted 07-07-2017 10:07 PM



Congratulations, we all get that same feeling mm on our first tunings. Wing new to turning myself the feeling is fresh. It s very addicting and easy to spend money…lol Great bowl and look fwd to many more.

- Ken90712

Thank you-
Yes, it is very fun and addicting so far. My current lathe maybe an old cheapo, but between tools and chucks it’s already been a bit of an investment.

-- Ross, Bloomington Indiana

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HoosierBoy87

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#14 posted 07-07-2017 10:12 PM


You did an excellent job. new, expensive, old, homebuilt they all do the same thing and capability of doing excellent work. It is usually the operator that makes the difference and you have made the grade.

- bushmaster

Thanks- I wasn’t sure how good I’d do on my first try. To my discredit I’ve only watched about a hundred bowl turning videos online from start to finish trying to learn as much as possible before starting on one.

-- Ross, Bloomington Indiana

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HoosierBoy87

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#15 posted 07-07-2017 10:15 PM



Nice job on your first bowl. I really enjoy working with osage orange.

- JoeinDE

-Thank you,
So far 90% of the projects I’ve posted on here have been made from osage. I really like the stuff, and have a lot of it that I have cut and dried to work with.

-- Ross, Bloomington Indiana

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