|Forum topic by johngoes||posted 12-19-2009 05:40 AM||8802 views||0 times favorited||15 replies|
12-19-2009 05:40 AM
After a week long work trip to Israel (what a joy and blessing after the 4 intense days of work to see Jerusalem & Bethlehem..) I finally got to fire up my Jet 1220 Christmas present to attempt to make a couple presents. So far I turned a honey dipper for my wife (see youtube jet video) which came out decent (soft maple scrap.) I turned an awl handle (walnut scrap) for my brother that looks great. Then I turned a bottle stopper with a mandrel (I have lots of walnut scrap) which also came out pretty good. I tried another, but the beginnings of my bowl gouge woes begins here. As I was trying to clean up the top of the stopper with the gouge I got a huge catch that blew the stopper off the mandrel. It was almost finished and had a nice design too. Then I turned a quick candle stick and once again it’s a visible disaster due to bowl gouge catches on the bottom.
Since it’s a bowl gouge, I decided to try a bowl with chunk of oak from a tree we downed two years ago. Knowing someday I would be turning I saved a nice piece and slathered latex paint on the ends to keep it from splitting. I sawed it in half on the band saw, dividing the pith right down the middle. Not ready to try natural edge yet, I screwed it on the chuck and turned a nice bowl. However I had so many catches with the bowl gouge that I almost gave up on it. I used a round nose scraper for most of the bowl because I could handle it. The only place I could use the gouge without catches was in hollowing out the bowl. Any place I attempted to use the gouge that involved the bottom or sides I caught that silly gouge. The bowl is probably 15% smaller than intended due to having to turn out catch errors.
In the end though I have a lovely 5” bowl (it wasn’t a large tree) that has one tiny scar on the outside and one on the bottom but otherwise looks pretty decent for a first go at it. I’ll post pictures on my project page tomorrow.
Anyway – anyone have tips on bowl gouge use? I ground it to a fingernail cut using a jig if that information is useful.
-- Anybody can become a woodworker, but only a Craftsmen can hide his mistakes!