First attempt at making some bowls

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Project by USAFPOL posted 01-13-2013 08:16 PM 938 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The base was cutting down some trees that had died this past summer…hot as he!! in SW Oki…so I grabbed some logs and decided to try my attempt at turning some bowls. Nothing great and it’s harder than I thought…but also addicting! Hope to take a turning class to work on some of the issues I had and possibly find some better tools more suited for turning. But hey, I saved a tree branch from being burned or turned into mulch:-)

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 09:29 PM

Congrats on making these. Yes wood turning is both hard (at first) and very addicting. It will get easier the more you turn. Classes will be a really big plus. Stay with 4 or 5 standard tools, good quality not the ”$ignature branded” or the “Harbor Freight” El-cheapo China made tools and learn how to use them. Don’t go tool crazy like I did starting out. It gets REAL expensive real quick.

(A more experienced and wise turner once told me in the beginning “Considering how much I’ve sunk into gouges, chucks and other lathe accessories, they should give away the big Oneway, or Powermatic lathes for free.”)

Go to the AAW website and look to see if there is a local turning club/chapter in your area. Huge source of local talent that will love to help a new turner get started correctly. Tons of good ideas and a place to ask questions, show off your work for critique, and get ideas of what others are doing.

Biggest tip I can recommend is keep your tools scary sharp all the time. A even slightly dull tool means you’re fighting the wood and tool. Not fun at all. Get a good LOW speed 1725 RPM grinder and good friable wheels (typically not the stock gray ones which are too hard and overheat the tools), and learn how to repeatably sharpen your tools as you turn. Huge aid in enjoying turning. You are in the groove when you can turn a green piece and think “it’s cutting like soft butter!”

Another “problem” (snicker) is once you get bitten by the turning bug you will be amazed at how quickly you start looking for “road-kills”, or “FOG” wood (Found On Ground), or how you wake up and grab your gloves to go investigate every time you hear a nearby chainsaw. Or how you get to be on a first-name bases with the county and private road crews that maintain the local greenery. Or how outside the back of your shop gets buried in piles of green wood that’s seasoning. Just so you can feed your lathe addiction.

(Sorry. There isn’t any 12-step program for wood scrounging…Thank goodness.)


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 10:53 PM

Good job.

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 02:20 PM

Good first turnings. Hang in there it will get better.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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