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Project by Crushgroovin posted 03-25-2011 09:47 AM 1881 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Maple Bowl turned from a “figured” Maple Blank purchased from Rockler last weekend. Honestly the pictures don’t do it justice is came out really really nice. The underside of the rim is amazing and I am pleased as punch with it.

Now on to the not so happy news. As some of you know I had some issues with my hands a couple months ago. Dr was sure it was RA and had me stop turning. At that point, most days I was unable to open and close my hands. So I gave turning a break. For the past few weeks that hands have been much better, Great News!!! So this past Tuesday I decided to turn a bowl, see above. Wednesday morning woke up and can’t close my hands, all the joints ache, sucks.

Today I sold my Shopsmith I had setup as a dedicated Lathe and I put some stuff up for sale on eBay. I am going to hold off on selling the chucks, Wolverine Jig, and Chisels. I think I am going to get a mini lathe so I can at least do pens and little stuff. That shouldn’t get my hands aching to bad.

So enjoy my really really cool bowl!

Oh and only 30 days until I take Darrell Peart’s Blanket Chest class at Woodcraft Seattle!!!!!!

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

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David LaBolle

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 10:43 AM

That is a beautiful bowl. I have never done any turning, but have seen turning tools that ranged from short ones with small handles, to those with really long thick handles that nestle all the way up by the crook of your elbow as you hold them, I can’t wonder if you were to try some of those larger ones if it would help at all with the stress on your hands.

Good luck.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 01:32 PM

Beautiful turning, sorry about the RA. I have problems with my hands too. They swell up on me and go numb, plus my thumb that I broke didn’t heal right. So I feel your pain, honest. But lets not let it stop us.

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

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#3 posted 03-25-2011 01:38 PM

Sorry to hear about that enjoy the class though.


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#4 posted 03-25-2011 02:09 PM

Very nice bowl. I really like the shape that you gave it..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 03-25-2011 02:57 PM

Nice Bowl.

Judging from the beautiful finish on the end grain, there was a whole lot of sanding involved! Love the lip detail.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-25-2011 04:14 PM

Very nice bowl, have the same problem, RA, however, I got lucky and got a compound slide rest for my
1950’s Delta lathe, so all I have to do is set and carefully turn a couple of cranks to manipulate my cutting
and parting tools. The only compound slide tables that are made now are for metal working lathes, but
they might be able to be adapted to some wood lathes, Delta quit making the Compound slide rest in
the 50’s. Hope you find a workable solution that will let you continue to enjoy your woodworking. Thank
you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 03-25-2011 04:57 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.

I’m not giving up on Woodworking, just focusing on something I can do without as much pain. I have seen all the tool rest options out there that would hold the chisel for me but none of them would work very well with bowls. I am sure I won’t completely give up on turning but it is going to have to take a backseat for awhile so I can focus on my ultimate goal of building Greene & Greene style furniture.

Besides, I didn’t have room in my shop for working with the lathe station setup. Space is more than a little tight right now. Such a big burden to have almost 1,000 bf of hardwood & 10 sheets of plywood stored in my shop ;) Not to mention all my really cool tools I just bought.

I couldn’t possibly be more excited to be taking Darell Peart's Class!!!

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

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Don Johnson

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#8 posted 03-25-2011 05:04 PM

I may have mentioned this before, but the woodturning tools supplied by are much easier to use than conventional gouges as they need only downward pressure on the tool onto the toolrest rather than having to hold the tool at correct angles for the bevels.
You might find that these are manageable even with limited hand mobility.

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#9 posted 03-25-2011 05:24 PM

Very nice bowl.
Sorry to hear that your hand problem is back.
My left hand (thumb area) is going the same way.

I hope you can figure out ways to still make projects you like.
Lots of smart people around here to help you with that.

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#10 posted 03-25-2011 05:32 PM

This is a wonderful bowl and I’m sorry to hear about your joint pain. There are some pretty miraculous drugs available to rheumatologists these days and I hope you find some relief.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#11 posted 03-25-2011 05:51 PM

Lovely bowl. Always sad to hear someone having to give up what they enjoy. Seems there are some ideas here to keep you turning though.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 03-25-2011 09:06 PM

very nice turn, I grew up with my Mum being crippled with RA & she died at a young age.
All the best & God bless your adjusted future ;)))

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

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#13 posted 03-26-2011 05:40 AM

Sounds like you have it all worked out, we all must take new roads along our journey. G&G will be a great adventure for you to explore.

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