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Is There Rehab For Bowl Turning Addiction?

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Project by griph0n posted 01-09-2011 02:55 AM 1589 views 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first 4 bowls. Well… the first 4 that didn’t crack, chip or just explode.

They’re all made from an old lift of 3 by 10 spruce beams I’ve been working my way through with various construction projects for about 15 years. I’ve got about 6 left and I think they’re destined to be bowls.

Really I just wanted a little mini lathe to turn knobs for furniture, I don’t really have room for much more. But this one turned up through a friend of a friend and…um… my wife was away and ….ummm welllll it was an excellent deal. A Onewy Chuck, a Vicmarc Chuck, faceplates, some scrapers and gouges thrown in….how could I say no to a real bowl turning Lathe. I’ve been asking around and putting want ads in the paper for a year.

I really had no interest in turning bowls and now I can’t tear myself away from the thing. I’ve got the wood for a pair of Stickley Prairie chairs milled, a Krenov Cabinet half assembled and a trestle table top done with no trestles. I have a video on making a Maloof chair that looks like fun.

But…

Every time I go to the shop I find myself standing in front of this green little beast. I spend more time cleaning up dust and chips muttering “OK, promise, now back to work, no more, we’re ready, push the offcut carts back in front, empty the dust collector, lets go, ready for some real work next time…”

Then I come back to the shop next time, pull the carts out of the way, spin on a chunk of wood and make a huge woody mess. There’s big bowls to try, platters, green bowls, carving on bowls….

I don’t really like spindle turning, but what about a few french rolling pins, a chisel mallet, maybe a few more interesting knobs….

Help!





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8iowa

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#1 posted 01-09-2011 03:05 AM

SWMBO has the answer to your delima, it’s called the “honey do” list.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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Chip

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#2 posted 01-09-2011 03:06 AM

Man, what a beautiful bowl. It looks like glass! Stunning.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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toyguy

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#3 posted 01-09-2011 03:19 AM

Welcome to the addiction…....... sorry, there is no longer any hope for you. I suggest trying a square bowl…..

And by the way..that’s a nice little lathe..you won’t be disappointed in it at all.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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dustinkester

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#4 posted 01-09-2011 03:22 AM

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sras

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#5 posted 01-09-2011 03:30 AM

If there is a rehab, I do not recommend it for you. This is a really nice bowl!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Crushgroovin

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#6 posted 01-09-2011 03:35 AM

LOL I am right with ya man! I took a Platters class at the local Woodcraft last month and haven’t done anything but turn every since. Seriously it’s a problem! My Dr thinks I have RA because my fingers have swollen up so bad I can hardly bend them. But that hasn’t stopped me. Yesterday I finally said enough and avoided the shop all day, woke up this morning with fingers like ball park franks so hey I may as well go back and turn some more bowls! LOL There is no rationality to my turning issues. But hey, never mind I gotta go turn a bowl or two now…....

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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jeepturner

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#7 posted 01-09-2011 03:45 AM

Just keep turning, that is the only real cure.

-- Mel,

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mafe

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#8 posted 01-09-2011 04:03 AM

Big bowls keep on turning, swollen hands keep on burning…
This is one beautiful bowl, I hav to try this one day.
Best thoughts,
MaFe

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Loucarb

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#9 posted 01-09-2011 04:34 PM

Sorry but there is no cure just more turning. Well done bowl.

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Schwieb

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#10 posted 01-09-2011 05:40 PM

The only cure is to keep turning. I know exactly what you mean about how the beast sucks up your time.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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miles125

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 05:46 PM

Try not anchoring a bowl down good so it comes off and hits you in the gut. That should provide a couple weeks of cure. :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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branch

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#12 posted 01-09-2011 05:53 PM

hi nice bowl turning is not a hobby it is a way of life there is no cure enjoy it don’t fight it have fun

branch

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stefang

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#13 posted 01-09-2011 06:33 PM

Oh my, not another one! Very nice bowl and don’t worry about the addiction since you have your own wood and don’t have to buy it from a ‘pusher’

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jeepturner

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#14 posted 01-09-2011 06:39 PM

Hey wait a second, I have a cure, albeit temporary, but still a cure. Look at a closet organizer built by a fellow lumber jock, and have your wife come up behind you and ask, “What is that?”.
That’s all for now, I have to head out to the shop and sand/finish some plywood.
:-(

-- Mel,

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#15 posted 01-09-2011 11:08 PM

NO MY FRIEND, THERE IS NO CURE. SORRY, BUT LIKE THE REST OF US, YOU’RE HOOKED. SO, MIGHT AS WELL ENJOY IT. THE WORST PART IS YET TO COME. FIRST IT’S A GRINDER, MAYBE A WOODSHARP 3000, OR SOME CUTE LITTLE BOWL GOUGE, THEN YOU GOTTA HAVE THE NEW TRENT BOSCH SYSTEM. MAYBE A LASER GUIDE FOR THOSE DEEP VASES AND SOME CALIPERS, OH YEA, GOTTA TRY THAT CHATTER TOOL. OMG, I’M GETTING IDEAS AGAIN, HELP!!! PS- VERY BEAUTIFUL BOWL, YOU HAVE GREAT POTENTIAL, DANG, I SHOULDN’T BE ENCOURAGING YOU. WELL, GOOD LUCK!!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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