Figured Walnut Bowl

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Project by BenDupre posted 08-26-2017 09:59 PM 1238 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Figured walnut bowl. 8 in x 2 in. Wax finish.

Really enjoy turning walnut. Seems to be just hard enough but not too hard. Easy to get a nice smooth final surface with my round scraper.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 08-26-2017 11:21 PM

Nice bowl Ben! That walnut look great!

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#2 posted 08-26-2017 11:32 PM

That is really beautiful Ben!

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#3 posted 08-26-2017 11:40 PM

Thanks! It is a really nice chunk. There wereacouple knots going through so the grain is really wavy. I found it in the cutoff bin at the lumber store.

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#4 posted 08-26-2017 11:56 PM

Wow! That’s a beauty.

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#5 posted 08-27-2017 12:48 AM

Nice job Ben, I like the hardness of Walnut too.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 08-27-2017 01:25 AM

Beautiful bowl, Ben!!


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#7 posted 08-27-2017 04:21 AM

Great looking bowl Ben. You did a perfect job with that selective piece of walnut.

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

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#8 posted 08-27-2017 05:45 AM

Great looking bowl. It is great to take a scrap and make something nice out of it.

I see you start your piece with a screw plate then change to a chuck mount.
I found that I could skip the screw plate by using a router and a template guide installed and with an 8 degree dovetail bit to cut a recess in the blank for immediate chuck mounting.
Make a template by cutting a proper sized hole(s) in an approx. 6” by 18” long piece of 3/4” plywood. I use an adjustable hole cutting tool on my drill press to cut the template hole. I make two holes one for smaller bowls and one for larger larger ones so I only need one template.
Place the template on top of the blank on the corner of the work bench use clamps on each ends of the template to hold it and the blank securely to the work bench, with the hole centered where you want the recess. Then using the router set for depth rout out the recess and the piece is ready to mount on the lathe. I often do multiple turning blanks while I’m at it.
I usually make my recess in what will be the inside of the bowl so I can turn the bottom first, making a new recess in the bottom. When the bottom is complete (including sanding) I flip the piece over and finish the inside.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 08-27-2017 01:42 PM

Thanks for the pointer Les!

There sure are a lot of ways to turn a bowl. I sometimes use my worm screw too but I like to start with the faceplate. I have learned to work the outside profile as smooth as possible while the mass is still inside the bowl otherwise i have problems with ringing (chatter) and cant get that smooth last pass.

I favor a recess mount on the chuck even though this can make the base thicker. Sometime i would like to try a sacrificial foot.

I am still learning.

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#10 posted 08-27-2017 05:35 PM

This bowl is an outstanding piece and the wood is beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 08-28-2017 05:40 AM

Ben , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

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#12 posted 08-28-2017 11:25 PM

Looks awesome, nice figure

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 08-29-2017 07:17 AM

Hi Ben, I like a face plate to start a bowl. It allows me to “adjust” my set up if I want. I can shim the plate to shift the wood axially or unscrew it and reattach it to shift it radially. I also only turn using a tenon now, preferably a sacrificial one. I feel safe using the tenon and I find finishing the bottom is easier with the sacrificial piece. We all have to find what works for us.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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