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Little Ash Bowl (first bowl, first try with a chuck)

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Project by GenuineGeek posted 565 days ago 658 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first bowl ever. (I guess my first posted project, a goblet is sort of a bowl on a stick) It started as an ash bowl blank from the store, 2 inches thick and 5 inches in diameter. Finished size is just under 2 inches from base to rim, and 4.75 inches in diameter.

The best part was in got to use my chuck, my new, first ever chuck. I turned an inside tenon and since I was a little nervous I put some two sided tape on the chuck. Good thing too, because at one point I noticed that the chuck had gotten a little loose but the tape held the bowl on.

It’s not a very nice chuck, but it is all I could afford and my lathe is old and in bad shape so I did not want to invest in an expensive chuck at this point.

I got some guitar strings from a friend today and I decided to burn a few lines too. Just under the 1/4 inch rim I put two lines, one thicker than the other. Then I tried to put a line near the base but it was not very flat there and so that line did not turn out as well.

I tried a light stain on the 1/4 inch rim, but I did not let it set long enough, I ended up sanding much of it off.

Sanded the whole thing from 80 stepping up to 600 (just a bit of overkill)

I finished the bowl with clear semi-gloss shellac, 3 coats with sanding between and then finished with a paste wax burnished on while is was mounted on the lathe.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.





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meaded

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#1 posted 565 days ago

Good job, When you get used to that chuck you will be able get a lot done. I used one for years till I could afford better.

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RussellAP

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#2 posted 565 days ago

You got lucky doing a 12 inch bowl on that chuck. I wouldn’t tempt fate again like that.
The bowl is beautiful and it’s not overkill if it comes out like this one.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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GenuineGeek

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#3 posted 565 days ago

Russell, it was only 5 inches in diameter. Sorry I had a typo about the depth of the bowl, I said 12, I meant 2 inches. I will fix it if I can.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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RussellAP

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#4 posted 565 days ago

Wow, it looks bigger.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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