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My First Bowl (on the lathe)

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Project by cajunpen posted 346 days ago 765 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been really trying to improve my turning skills lately. I have had my lathe for about 10 years now, and am just getting back into turning. To date my projects have been mainly spindle type, like salt shakers, coffee scoops, etc. I thought I would try my hand at bowl turning. While this bowl is not perfect, I am happy with it. I know the flaws, and will work to correct them on my next attempt. I had a piece of 2×6 Fir, so I flattened the board, glued it up and made a bowl blank. The finished bowl is 5 3/4×2 1/8.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/





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robscastle

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#1 posted 346 days ago

Looks A OK to me Bill,

Flaws,... wait until I post my Octagonal Sloped Side Serving Tray work if you are worried about flaws, then maybe you will not be so concerned, as I had a hard time doing them, and kept the errors in one as a learning reminder, and its a roughie to say the least! however I improved slightly as I progressed, well I think anyway. I did will leave it up to the LJs Council / Brains Trust to decide.

-- Regards Robert

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waho6o9

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#2 posted 346 days ago

Nice grain pattern on a fine bowl Bill, good job.

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 346 days ago

Bill, that came out really nice. The great thing about gluing up blanks like that is you can experiment with mixing different wood types and grain orientations. It’s kind of like unwrapping a present because you are never sure what you’re going to get when you turn it..

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Karson

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#4 posted 346 days ago

Bill:

A great looking bowl. I need to beanch out into other than pens.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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aussiedave

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#5 posted 346 days ago

Very nice looking bowl Bill…I can’t wait till I get a lathe and start doing some turning. The grain in the Fir is amazing. Great job Bill.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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KOVA

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#6 posted 346 days ago

ERES EL MEJOR TORNERO!!!!! ESE TAZÓN ESTÁ PERFECTO
Y MUY BONITO A LA VEZ :-)

-- KOVA, EL CARPINTERO DEL PUEBLO https://www.facebook.com/pages/El-Carpintero-Del-Pueblo/148976618479733

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 346 days ago

Very nice bowl, Bill .Keep ‘em coming!!................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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tomd

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#8 posted 346 days ago

Great turning, the grain looks good, well done especially when fir is a difficult wood to turn.

-- Tom D

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 346 days ago

Amazing how a simple piece of lumber can turn out looking great. Nice job on the bowl. Were you using your EWT tools?

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

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Roger

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#10 posted 345 days ago

That is a beauty. Would look really good with a couple o big scoops o ice cream.. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 345 days ago

Thanks guys, I appreciate the kind words.

doubleDD, yes, I did use the EWT tools – they are incredible. There is a slight learning curve (very slight), but I think I’m getting the hang of it. They make hollowing out sooooo easy.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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jaykaypur

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#12 posted 345 days ago

Nice work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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lew

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#13 posted 345 days ago

Nice little bowl, Bill!

I really like the grain pattern and the color.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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luv2learn

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#14 posted 344 days ago

Bill, every woodworker knows where the Uh-Oh’s are in his or her project but if you don’t tell folks will often not notice them. Great looking bowl I really like the grain pattern in fir.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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PurpLev

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#15 posted 344 days ago

came out great!

the grain orientation and color variations are really captivating.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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