Quick Bowl and Mugs

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Project by CutNRun posted 02-27-2008 07:57 PM 1559 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently turned some mugs as prizes for a fund raising run I organized and held. I also turned the bowl as a thank-you for a long standing donor. The winners liked their prizes and the donor doubled his contribution from last year. I need to make him a whole set of bowls! Both the mugs and bowl were turned from Jatoba (Brazilian Cherry). The bowl is ~2” thick and 12” in diameter.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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Jon Spelbring

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#1 posted 02-27-2008 09:39 PM

Nice! I haven’t turned cherry yet. I especially like the grain pattern on the bowl.

-- To do is to be

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#2 posted 02-27-2008 10:52 PM

These are gorgeous. I really have to add a lathe to my shop.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 02-28-2008 02:41 AM

the bowl looks great, as do the mugs. I’d like to give those a shot one of these days.
are the mugs complicated? the instructions I’ve seen make it seem that way.

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#4 posted 02-28-2008 03:14 AM

Nice bit of turning CutNrun. Great finish.

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

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#5 posted 02-28-2008 07:48 PM

Jon, the wood is Jatoba or Brazilian Cherry. It is MUCH harder than domestic cherry. It turns to a beautiful finish, but takes the edge off of lathe tools pretty quickly. It is also often used for flooring because of the hardness.

Darryl, after doing a few of the mugs, the process is pretty simple. I prefer to turn them from a solid block and do a lot of the hollowing using a drill chuck and forestner bit. I first turn a tenon on the bottom of the cup to insert into my four-jawed chuck. I then do the shaping and hollowing. After gluing in the stainless insert, I part off the mug and change the jaws on the chuck from metal to plastic. I then expand these inside the mug insert and finish turn the bottom of the mug.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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#6 posted 03-08-2008 03:57 AM

Very nice turnings. mike

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

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#7 posted 03-08-2008 12:59 PM

Excellent. I have been afraid of the mug project because of the hollowing, but I do have forstner bits. Maybe soon…

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#8 posted 07-10-2008 02:01 PM

Masterfully done.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 10-01-2008 01:16 AM

Where do you get the stainless inserts?
Are they full length or just the lips?
I was going to send you a PM but figured others would also want to know.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#10 posted 10-01-2008 01:36 AM

Lee – the inserts are full length. I have been getting them from Rockler. They used to be on sale for around $7.00. I see the current price is over $12. Makes for an expensive travel mug.

-- CutNRun - So much wood, so many trails, so little time

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