|Project by RoundestRock||posted 07-06-2011 10:43 PM||1300 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
So recently I’ve gotten into making wooden machines (more to come on that). This means making round parts and ultimately getting a lathe. Got the lathe with tools off of craigs list. Well I did the obligatory ‘make the square stick round’ as soon as I had it set up. What’s the second thing every new lathe owner does? That’s right, buy a blank and turn a bowl.
I think this was a Mora 5 X 5 X 3 blank. I turned one end round in my 4 jaw indi chuck. Then flipped it around and turned it the rest of the way round in the 3 jaw scroll chuck. I then hollowed out the large end (DON’T DO THAT FIRST!). Once I had that shape I went to work on the outside form. Not too much problem there. Then I flipped the bowl around and chucked it from the inside so I could finish the outside and the bottom. Things got exciting. I might have thrown that bowl 3 times before I got the bottom done. What I ended up with was a chewed up, vaguely bowl like, gouged and dented ‘thing’. I now also know I HATE the scew(sp?). To be honest, exactly what I expected for a first try.
Enter the finishing tools. I got to thinking I’d seen part of a turning video somewhere in which the guy used scrapers. I thought ‘what the heck’ and bought a cheep set at the local Woodcraft. I turned the lathe speed up and went to work. Scrapers are GREAT! Buy the time I scraped the hole thing down it looked almost like I knew what I was doing!
I then took the sand paper to it. I turned the lathe all the way down too lowest speed and started with 80 grit. Moving up in the smallest increments I could I worked my way all the way up to 0000 steel wool. I added 2 coats Waterlocks semigloss applied at low speed this more steel wool between each coat, then spun it in at high speed. It ended up as a birthday present for my wife. She loves it!
NOTE to all of you who insist on trying your lathe without lessons: cut outside in first, largest opening last. I tried the other way around with a very dry piece of walnut burl. It EXPLODED! My ruffing tool jumped out of my hand and cracked me over the knuckles. That was 2 weeks ago and I still feel sore. Better yet, suck it up and take a beginner lesson BEFORE you mash your hand!
-- I only WISH I could do this for a living. Problem is I don't want to sell anything I make!