|Project by BarbS||posted 02-19-2011 05:08 AM||1266 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I sent this in a private message to a friend, but got to thinking it looks so funny some of you turners might enjoy my folly, too. Here’s what I did today:
I’ve just come in from the garage and am laughing at myself. In the last few days I’ve turned my very first bowl with a lid. The bowl is a wide-mouth hollow form about 4” tall that I was proud of hollowing the inside to match the outside, without ruining it. It’s lightly stained on the inside and the outside oiled to a warm, golden sheen.
Today I attempted the lid, without knowing what I was doing. Figured out an adaptable jam-chuck and hollowed the inside, reversed over the jam chuck and began shaping the top with a knob at the crest of a wide arc. My tool work was phenomenal, my measurements perfect, and the knob just as I wanted it. I parted it off and tested it for a satisfying pressure-fit over the little bowl, and held it up to see it in the light, and… and… it is too big.
It makes the bowl look like a double scoop of ice cream. I burst out laughing and brought it in the house to sit on the mantle so I can look at it for a while, and appreciate it. Jeesh, my hands did not in any way bring into being the vision I had in my head! Working the lid, independently on the lathe, while the bowl sits somewhere else, is just darn Tricky.
I didn’t bother to sand and oil the lid. It isn’t staying.
Oh, well. It was good practice. I’ll have to prepare another blank and try again later. Onward!