Shop's Log #18: First lathe bowl

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Blog entry by terryR posted 12-29-2014 11:57 PM 1849 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hi everyone, somehow I managed to carve over a dozen bowls prior to purchasing a lathe, but none since in a year and a half. Thought I’d change that…

Started with a walnut blank from kneeBay I bought in 2011…

Turned it round between centers, and added a spigot to the base…

Then, grabbed the blank by the spigot using bowl jaws,

and turned the outer shape. Sorta bland since I didn’t have a plan before starting, but not ugly. I also burned a couple of accent lines near the top.

Next, time to bore a hole in the bowl section to allow access for the chisels,

...and a few minutes of hollowing out the center…

Believe it or not, I stopped to vacuum the shavings TWICE before this photo! Then an hour of sanding to remove some tear out on the end grain, cough…cough…cough.

Lastly, I used the mini-cole jaws to grasp the bowl from the outside and let me remove the spigot…

Easily done, then sanded clean.

signed, dated, and numbered (no. 16) and a few coats of oil/wax…

sweet! gotta look for more $5 bowl blanks, or build that shop kiln!

Just for fun, when completed, I turned my first magic wand from EIR…

...too much Harry Potter lately, I suppose? LOL.

Comments and suggestions are welcomed:

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 12:01 AM

Looking good.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 12:03 AM

Friggin’ awesome Terry. You have a real talent for turning.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 12:07 AM

And I was feeling so good about mine! Nice job Terry!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 12-30-2014 12:44 AM

Looks good Terry. What do you burn your lines with?

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#5 posted 12-30-2014 12:47 AM

Beautiful as always Terry. What model is your Jet lathe? My daughter is looking for a new lathe to spend her Christmas money on, and yours seems to do a great job.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works

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#6 posted 12-30-2014 01:27 AM

“PURDY”! That’s some mighty fine work. You’re very talented.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 12-30-2014 01:44 AM

Looks good Terry. I have never turned a bowl before either…or a pen. Both on the list of someday projects.

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#8 posted 12-30-2014 02:02 AM

Nice bowl and wand.

Why donʻt you just watch when the neighbors are cutting down a tree. Itʻs free wood. You just have to learn how to work with freshly cut wood. Iʻm not a turner but I know what the real turners do. Just ask one how to work with green wood.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#9 posted 12-30-2014 02:30 AM

Thanks, guys! I was inspired by DonW’s bowl last week! wait till the next blog where i’ll drill holes in a plane tote on the lathe.

John, I use guitar string to burn lines…my best friend IRL plays and gives me used strings free! :)

Bob, I don’ think they make my lil model anymore. Mine is a 1022VS or something similar. Jet makes a newer version now…highly recommend the variable speed! very user friendly. feel free to copy my dust collection system, too! LOL.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#10 posted 12-30-2014 07:08 AM

Nicely done.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#11 posted 12-30-2014 07:49 AM

Sweet bowl and wand, Terry! Why is it #16? Admit it, you’re eyeing that barn, aren’t you?

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 12-30-2014 11:00 AM

Thanks, again.

Candy, it’s my first bowl from the lathe, but I’ve finished 15 prior to this. Carved with a 2” chainsaw, dremels, and chisel. That method usually took 12 hours for a bowl this size! Now, it’s just 3 hours with a lathe…As long as you like round bowls, it’s awesome LOL!

And, Yes, I have been collecting barn wood!!! :)

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#13 posted 12-30-2014 02:45 PM

Ohh….I dig it. I wanna try one.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#14 posted 12-30-2014 03:14 PM

Sexy. Love the accent lines.

Beautiful work as always Terry.

-- ~Tony

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#15 posted 12-30-2014 04:22 PM

Red, log in to eBay, search for bowl blanks, get out your credit card! :) That was a $5 blank…less than a burger from a drive thru…and I still have it for use!

Tony, I need your snail mail buddy, so I can send ya some pretty stuff I’ve been saving!!!

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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