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First Bowl with a Lid

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Project by BarbS posted 1279 days ago 971 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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Mytoya

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#1 posted 1279 days ago

That is Awesome!
I have yet to complete a bowl on my own. Keep posting. I plan on trying to turn something when my schedule opens up in June.

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Karson

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#2 posted 1279 days ago

Barb: An “A” for effort and I’m sure that there is an Ice Cream store that will buy it. Just paint the top a Cherry red.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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peteg

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#3 posted 1279 days ago

Hey Barbs, why not keep the lid & turn a bowl / vessel to fit the lid, think “save”, like the bowl a lot :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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manzanitaman

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#4 posted 1279 days ago

like your piece. lids are tough but you will get it . good luck on next attempt. what type of wood was that. and what is your favorite type of wood. take care from oregon, manzanitaman

-- Chad Manzanitaman

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michelletwo

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#5 posted 1279 days ago

:-0 :-) Thanks for the giggle. Remember tho, you are not the only one to do this. At my latest count I have done it 374 times, or close to that :-) The lesson, obviously is to keep the 2 parts in the same neighborhood!!! Thanks for the woodworking funny!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 1279 days ago

We all do things like that. Get yourself a digital caliper . I like to measure the bowl accurately and then plan the lid to that size taking small cuts to get the fit perfect to the inside or outside, whichever I plan to fit and make that dimension first and then finish the shape.
Keep at it and it will be a natural process after a few…........keep on turning….......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 1279 days ago

Hi Barb;

Both are nice, so as suggested, make a bowl for one, and a lid for the other.

Nice turning.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#8 posted 1278 days ago

I’m with Lee! Why not? That is a great idea. Funny thing is when I first looked at the picture, I thought it looked fine. :) I suppose that I am not a turner. After reading I thought perhaps it could be a little smaller, but it doesn’t look that bad. I suppose it depends the type of look you are going for. :D

It is still really nice!

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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BarbS

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#9 posted 1278 days ago

Thanks all. I like the little pot, too, and may just use it alone. I have company coming for a week and that interrupts my creative time-line (oooh, ahhh, how artistically sensitive) on this piece, but Sheila, that lid really is an abomination. I’ll comply to the challenge later in lids, but it was a wake-up learning experience that made me laugh. I am a relatively inexperienced turner, and I get so intent on avoiding tool marks and developing pleasing lines to my eye, that I can’t seem to hold everything in my head as to what I need to do. My main error in doing this lid was in first hollowing the inside of the lid too deeply, causing the outside dimension to be too high. And I was determined to cut a top knob out of the existing wood, instead of adding a tenoned knob or a high finial. I don’t know why, it is just what I intended to do. That made reverse-turning problematic because of the protrusion (which ‘turned’ out to be not as high as I’d thought) so I was in all kinds of quandry over this thing. The ‘fit’ though, was perfect, with a quiet snap and air pressure on the bowl, of which I was disproportionately proud. Until I held it up to view. Then it went something like, “well, you dumb so-and-so” or something similar, and it just amused the heck out of me.
Thanks for all your comments. I’ll just keep learning, and eventually hope to come up with a piece I’m entirely proud of, ‘all the way around.’

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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mmh

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#10 posted 1278 days ago

Well, I can see why you are thinking the top is too large, but I rather like it! I think after you sand and polish it down to a slightly thinner dimension, it will be quite compatible with the bottom. So, DONT throw it away!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Barbara Gill

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#11 posted 1278 days ago

Cute little pot Barb. I think saving the lid for another piece is a good idea too.

-- Barbara

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SPalm

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#12 posted 1278 days ago

Thanks for the smile on a Sunday morning, Barb.
You always give me a giggle,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BarbS

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#13 posted 1259 days ago

Added another photo above to show the re-cutting of the same fat lid. It didn’t work as I’d wanted it to, but is an improvement! Opinions welcome.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Cher

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#14 posted 1203 days ago

Hi Barb, turning a bowl with a lid is challenging, I have come to realise that patience is important.
I took another look at the picture, I would sand and oil the lid, it may not be perfect to you
but I think it looks lovely.

Thanks for sharing your project and humour Barb.

-- When you know better you do better.

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BarbS

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#15 posted 1203 days ago

Hello Cher. Thank you! I did make an attempt to re-cut this lid later. Here is the link: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/45808

And, an update: the little lidded pot Sold on my website. ...just amazing.

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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