My first turned bowl

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Project by twItCHer731 posted 08-01-2013 08:00 AM 1208 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ive been lurking about LJ for for about 2 months looking at everyone’s amazing work, my mother-in-law is a wood worker and all to happy to encourage the fact I have been bitten by the bug. In such manner she sent me home with her 12 inch delta lathe that she currently is not using, some old wood chunks, and a set of gouges. She already had one chucked up, it was pretty dry and cracked, but I figured why not gotta learn somewhere, so I set about in a “winging it” fashion to turn down my first bowl this evening. 2 hours turning, sanding up to 320 cause its all i had on hand, and a little spilled danish oil later, Ive learned a lot and can’t wait to get another one chucked up and going. Sorry only crappy iphone pics as my wifes camera was dead.

Ive seen people on youtube turn the outside, and inside, then flip the bowl, and put non slip material on the end of a wood shaft and lodge the bowl between that and the live end to clean up the bottom, this did not work as well for me, I had no non slip material only a rubber glove that did not hold up, and thats how I lost the big chip out of the side.

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 08:53 AM

Well done! very nice bowl.

-- Dave -

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 09:48 AM

you done a great job.

-- Todd

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 11:34 AM

First off!!! Welcome to Lumberjocks! I love this site and I am sure you will too..I am Happy that you decided to join us here, ask all the questions that you want on the forum section, most of the guys and gals are more than happy to help out!
Ok!! On to your Project, WOW WEE!!! I think you did a heck off a job on it.
For your first real go at it, this is fine work. I think it looks fine with the piece missing out of it!
It shows that this is the beginning of your Woodworking Life!
If you had the chunk that broke away you could glue it back in and fix it, just a thought but really no need.
Great job, we all start somewhere!!! I think you started right smack dab in the right spot!!
Thank you for sharing and good luck!!!

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

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 12:45 PM

Very well done. I wouldn’t worry about the chip I make bowls like that on purpose.

I see you tried a jam chuck to finish the bottom. Your problem may have been if your jam chuck wasn’t the right size to fit the bowl. Did that myself. Keep turning you are off to a good start.

-- Tommy,

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 05:48 PM

For a first turned bowl you did a great job. You wouldn’t want to see my first 5 bowls. Well done and welcome to L J

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 08:16 PM

Btw in your description you left out the part where you where chasing the half finished bowl down your steep driveway. :). Great job Devon! It looks like that turned out to be a peice of walnut.
For those of you who know me, I am the MIL. Im so happy to have a wooking buddy to share my shop with. I’m still working on setting up my shop and dealing with health issues But I expect to be back online both literally and figuratively in the fall.
I have managed to get quite a few things done and will be sharing my pictures in due time. I do get on the site once in a while and look at projects, but I just don’t spend much time online during the summer.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 10:58 PM

Thanks for all the kind words and encouragement, and yes, when I got the piece of wood, it was glued onto a piece of wood, that was screwed onto a chuck, i did not realize that until it flew off and rolled down my driveway, thankfully this was while I was still trying to get it to resemble something round and not after I had finished the profile and gouged out the inside.

ghost5, yes I did try a jam chuck, someone at work suggested putting a piece of sand paper in between if I don’t have any non-slip mat. I don’t think a jam chuck is the way to go for trying my first bowl. Its for people with a more advanced skill set and sharper gouges I think.

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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