|Project by ldl||posted 03-13-2013 10:50 AM||1512 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
When My son and I cut this section of a pecan tree he asked me if I wanted to flush trim the limb section. I told him no but had nothing in mind then. I cut the section in half about a couple of weeks ago and turned the other half. It is now drying in a paper bag but it turned out smaller than this. I turned the nub off and it is more like a platter.
I placed the center where the longest corners intersect on the flat side and mounted a 6” faceplate. I turned the back till I had a flat surface sufficient to place the faceplate on back even though it was off center. I then proceeded to flatten the front. When I got it flat I sat back and looked at it for a while trying to determine what I was going to do. I decided I wanted a bowl in the center but where the center was positioned it would be rather small. I then removed it from the lathe and repositioned the center where it was between a line parallel with the straight side. I missed my measurement by a little but it worked out fine for me. That put the wing at 10” which is just about the max radus I can turn. I turned the bowl as deep as I wanted and it still didn’t look exactly right. I thought well a rim might werk so I turned a rim. That set it off for me. I had to take my ROS and sand the back as I couldn’t get it smooth that close to the headstock.
This is the first large bowl I have turned since I found out my problem with my tool sharpening. They werked just fine even the roughing bowl gouge which I used for most of the face wood removal. When they say sharp tools make turning easier they are right. I noticed I wasn’t putting near as much pressure on my tools to remove the wood. This was an enjoyable turning.
Is pecan wood 4”x 18”x 20”. I didn’t finish it yet as I am going to let it air dry for a while.
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