Bowl turning with faceplate only - single mount

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Project by RobertJ posted 11-29-2011 08:26 PM 5147 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first time I used a super nova chuck in the conventional method of turning the outside using a srew mounted faceplate, remounting with a chuck and then hollowing the inside, the bowl flew off the chuck and hit a plaster wall. I was alarmed enough that I decided to try mounting my firewood blank once, with the faceplate screwed to waste material at the bottom of the bowl. I was amazed to discover that I could turn and finish the bowl (inside and out) without ever removing it from the lathe.

As the photos indicate, I leave waste containing the screws, and use a parting tool and handsaw to separate the bowl from the waste. The only thing I cannot do is detail the bottom seat of the bowl.

I’ve only used a Dremmel twice but the detailing band shown was also done with the bowl single mounted using the faceplate only. Sanding and finishing followed before parting and sanding the bottom with a belt sander and hand sanding.

All I know is that it works for me and it makes sense….if you have extra wood depth that you can spare.

-- RobertJ, Southern California

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 09:18 PM

I like it. How do you make the ridge detail? Have you ever tried gluing your blank to a piece of MDF or plywood, with a piece of paper in between and attaching the MDF to the face plate? Less waste.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 09:24 PM

I learned like Andy. Mount a piece of board to the face plate. Glue a piece of paper to the board then glue your bowl to the paper. this should be centered as well as possible but of course it will be far from perfect. when you finish the turning separate by splitting the paper with a wood chisel. The back cover from an old fashioned catalog like JCP or Sears is the correct weight. Rough the surface so the glue can get in. Turn away.
That is a beautiful bowl you have made.

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#3 posted 11-29-2011 10:45 PM

Nice job Robert, the natural edge adds real character to the piece. as you say a nice no fuss way to turn a bowl if you have a bit of spare depth to play with.
For the bottom, & I see with this one that it is a wavy edge, I remount over a scrap jam chuck with some close cell foam between both, bring up the tail stock with a flat bumper in a revolving live centre& play with it till you get it turning truesqeeze it up & take light cuts to clean up, the last bit you can’t get at can be cleaned up with a sanding disk.
If it had been a true edge then simply mount on your cole jaws, or again a jam chuck.
Hope this helps out with the next one :: ))

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

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#4 posted 11-30-2011 01:19 AM

Beautiful work Robert. I really like the band around the bowl.

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

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