My fisrt turned bowl

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Project by that1wood posted 03-07-2012 07:48 AM 1326 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I tried turning a small bowl or ashtray or whatever out of Maple after work today, and I am happy with this as my first shot. My dad helped a bit and I’m learning how to use hand tools for the lathe later this week. Got some chatter marks, mostly on the inside. But there is some awesome grain all over and some very tight grain figure for end grain. I want to learn more about the procedure and gluing bowl blanks and other thing simple projects to turn on a lathe. If anyone has some advice or a how to for turning a bowl let me know!!

-- that WOOD be cool..... JL

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 10:39 AM

Nice looking bowl, Great job!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 05:39 PM

We all started somewhere.
In the beginning 60 or 80 grit sand paper can be your best friend. Just start with it to take out your “chatter” marks; working your way up to 320 or 400 for the final finish. As you learn to use the tools better you will need it less and less although some end grain just seems to refuse to cut smoothly and has to be sanded.
Be sure to adjust the speed of your lathe to match the diameter of the wood. Larger pieces need slower speed than smaller ones. It is all about the distance traveled per revolution of the surface being cut.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 11:33 PM

Looks good

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 03-08-2012 03:45 AM

Great bowl. Has a nice shape. Check out youtube for turning videos, they have lots and you may get some ideas and tips.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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#5 posted 03-08-2012 05:31 AM

I always refer to that first touch of sandpaper as my 80 grit gouge LOL

-- San Diego, CA

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 05:40 AM

Nice, small bowl. I like its aesthetic. Much nicer than my first couple of bowls.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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