|Project by mgburr||posted 09-06-2011 06:42 PM||1045 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
This was how I spent my labor day weekend. I have some logs of Pecan from the In-Laws property, and have never turned any before. So figured they were dry enough, I’d chuck one up and see how it came it. I cut the log in half along the core, then trimmed the edges so that it was square. Drilled the mounting hole through the core, and turned the bowl from the natural curve of the log.
The first picture tells the tale of what happens, when you are trying to do thin work and forget to make sure the tools are SHARP. :-}. I was trying to smooth the inside a little when I went to check the outside with my hand. Found that it was no longer round, and after stopping the lathe, I understood why. The second and third show a bit of the grain for the second attempt at the bowl. After sharpening the scraper and bowl gouge, it came out much nicer. I still have a bit of a spot where chatter got in the way. But I also leanred to leave it thick on the outside, get the inside the way you want and then work back again on the outside.
And always, always, always, sharp tools and light shearing cuts. :-D