|Project by kenn||posted 08-28-2008 06:56 AM||989 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I have a new lathe, bought a bowl gouge and have a stack of blanks waiting to be turned. This is my first attempt at a bowl. It is cherry finished with Hut friction polish and stands 3 1/4” high by 7” wide. It was a blast to turn. I’ve got a few things to do better next time like: 1)make the walls a more consistent thickness, they are 3/16” at the edge but 5/8” at the bottom, I got chicken 2)try a different finish, that friction polish is fine for pens but I don’t think it shows off the bowl very well 3) turn the rim as soon as I reverse the piece, I lost a bit on the height because of this 4) use the reverse jaws I ordered today because I didn’t like having the chuck marks show on the foot, although several people were impressed with how I managed to “decorate” the foot with those evenly spaced grooves 5) get more adventurous on the shape, this was a first effort so I kept it simple/easy 6) I should have centered the grain on the piece better before starting so the grain would line up better on the borrom of the bowl.
It must have turned out ok since I had my wife and oldest daughter both wanting it. The wife won and she is using it to hold her keys and phone. I’ll keep working on it. Let me know if you see other area that I could improve on.
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