|Project by NaptownWood||posted 38 days ago||386 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
So i just unpacked a new Jet 1221vs and the barracuda chuck in the last pic and i needed to break it in stat. Im still a very very new turner and had been using a super tiny lathe that could make about a 5” bowl maximum and really wanted to get a quality piece of machinery to do some larger pieces, and this Jet and chuck combo is awesome. Ill do a review of both of them in the next few days, but the step up in quality was amazing.
This bowl ended up about 8.5” across and about 3” tall.
As for the bowl, it started out a a piece of firewood earlier in the day. I split it with the chain saw, traced a circle on the flat side using a bucket of drywall mud as the template because, well, it was about the right size and my compass broke. (All of my 5” bowls were the exact size as a half roll of duct tape).
So i am having trouble getting the inside bottom of the bowls smooth using the gouges im using—any pointers would be appreciated.
Im also getting roughness on two opposing sides of the inside of the bowl. Im not sure if this is a tool sharpness issue or a balance issue or what. —again, any help appreciated.
I sanded it to 400 and used a mineral oil and paste wax mix for the finish sanded in with the 400 grit paper. I wish i had some dye for those darker patches. I think it would have looked pretty cool with some green dye in there amd some amber on the rest of it.
Oh, and i used a moisture meter on it before the oil and wax and it was at 24% . I figured this was too wet, but i put the oil and wax on anyway. I left the sides at about 3/4” hoping any moisture loss through the finish wouldnt crack it. —-will it crack? Is 24% acceptable? I know kiln dried stuff can be at like 4-6% but i wasnt sure what the accepted moisture content was to apply green turning/drying/finishing techniques or not.
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