|Project by Darell||posted 09-13-2012 02:29 PM||1056 views||7 times favorited||6 comments|
I saw a short article on how to turn this bowl a few weeks ago. Then, at SWAT last month I attended a demo where a similar bowl was turned. I decided to try one myself when I got home. It is roughly 5 1/2” across and 4 1/4” tall by about a quarter inch thick. Turned from a chunk of Chinese Elm and finished with lacquer. The bowl demo I watched at SWAT had a 3 point base on it to act as legs. For my first attempt I decided to take the easier way out.
To turn one of these you start with a square cube, in this case I think it was just under 5”. You mount it on opposite corners, either putting the points into the headstock & tailstock or you can flatten the corners and find the centers and mount between centers as usual. Then you turn a spigot to fit your chuck on one end then mount it in the chuck. Then turn the outside shape, bottom at the chuck. Then begin hollowing the middle. Be very careful of the wings. There’s a lot of turning air there and it’s a first class knucklebuster if you happen to get to close. Fortunatly I didn’t find that out but I can imagine it quite easily. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it might be although it’s a bit disconcerting trying to get your cuts started when you’re looking at a shadow. I managed to do most of my sanding with a power sander, sometimes with the lathe stopped and locked when sanding the wings. I’m pleased with the way it turned out especially since it was a first attempt.
-- Darell, Norman, Ok.