My First Bowl

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Project by cmckerliesr posted 05-16-2011 01:27 AM 1552 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I thought I was making my first bowl. But in the process, I got an edge on the inside of the bowl and took a nice chunk out of the edge.

I think I can still save this project, but I doubt that it will come out as a bowl. Probably something more like a shallow dish.

I started this with a Padauck blank that I had bought a few weeks and as I already stated, this was my first attempt at a bowl. I wish I had more to tell about this, but for now all I can tell you is that I messed this one up and I will try to save it.

Regards from the man in the can.

OK! I was able to save the project more or less.
But tell me does this still qualify as my first bowl? I know I could of went deeper, but as I was trying to save it.
The thing just kind of took shape. But I will see what the majority says. Please leave a note and tell me if this still qualifies as my first bowl. I put a few book marks I made today to give the proper sense of depth.
I look forward to your comments.

Regards from the man in the can.

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 05-16-2011 01:40 AM

Oops!!! Nice try, though!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 05-16-2011 01:56 AM

That’s called learning the hard way. Been there.
That is not the usual spot for a “catch”. It more often occurs in the bottom inside corner as you transition from the side to the bottom. I’m always very careful when the bowl is almost finished and I’m cutting in that area.
Small plates are good too (-:

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 05-16-2011 02:35 AM

Stuff happens. It can always be converted into a coaster!


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

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#4 posted 05-16-2011 08:18 AM

Yeah, it could end up as a coaster – or smoke!
Only joking. I’m sure you will have lots of fun and success with your lathe.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 05-16-2011 09:21 AM

Hey Craig, remember when you were a kid learning to ride a bike or whatever, when you caned out you just get back up and do the business.
By the look of it you have still got a lot of wall thickness which means there is still a lot of potential in this piece of timber. Just re-chuck it & get cracking (slowly, just take your time & think about what you are doing) Pity you bought this block, see if you can find any old scrap & let loose & practice, them use your bought stuff.
Remember the old saying “show me a man who has never made a mistake …..”
If you are having problems just ask & you get some very good advice from the guys on LJ’s
great start man :))

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

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#6 posted 05-16-2011 11:55 AM

A coaster or smoke! LMAO!!!!!
Thanks guys.
I was tired when I posted this, that is why it may of seemed a little like I was giving up. I have no intention of not saving this piece in whatever form it becomes. It may take me a couple of weeks before I can get to it again. But I will make something out of this piece.
Warmest Regards to all!

-- The Man in the Can, Craig M. North Carolina

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#7 posted 05-16-2011 03:59 PM

I just got my lathe, and turned my first “fetch stick” with coves and beads on it out of 1/2 of a 2×4. I’m sure I have many mistakes to make, but turning is fun. :) Looks like an admirable first go.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Blake Thornton

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#8 posted 05-16-2011 07:24 PM

The only way to get better is keep going, find a local wood turning club and see if some of the old-timers can teach you. I’ve got a fellow mentoring me that’s just awesome! He’s taught me more in a few months than I would have learned on my own in forever.

There are a ton of folks on youtube making videos, one in particular that I like to watch is Carl Jacobson, he does a nice job of showing what he’s doing… and has a super easy way of mounting stock on his lathe.

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#9 posted 05-18-2011 10:42 AM

Yoy can always cover up those nasty glitches, just change the size & shape & no one will ever know.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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