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03-15-2016 12:49 AM

Topic tags/keywords: turning bowls and catches

Spent considerable time on this bowl, from dragging the logs home, cutting it down to bowl blank size, then a couple hours of turning (I’m fairly new at turning). I go to do one last touch up before putting it in the bag to dry…. then….BAM!!!.... I get a catch and the bowl goes flying. It took a few minutes to find the left over pieces as it had ricocheted off the ceiling then my grinder and who knows what else. At least it wasn’t my face (had a face shield on ) LOL

I’ve had a catch or two before but was able to save the bowl…. not this one, which really bummed me out as I really liked the grain and the red streaks….Not sure if they would have stayed red after drying.

I’m sure it was due to my technic… and learn I guess.Does it ever get easier to take a bowl getting destroyed as you get near the end of working it. I’ll say one thing for sure…. turning is very very addicting.

-- Stan from St. Paul Mn

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#1 posted 03-15-2016 12:55 AM

Beautiful wood. Might be able to make it into a shallow platter.

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#2 posted 03-15-2016 01:04 AM

In the short time I’ve been using my lathe, I’ve had many setback (disasters) too. I rationalize it as a learning curve. In my misspent youth I became a fairly proficient Potter. It took many bad pots thrown on a potters wheel before I figured out the nuances. Most of it was self-learned, some learning from other ceramicists. If there is a local group of “Lathe Fiends” talk to them A lesson or two won’t hurt…

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#3 posted 03-15-2016 02:14 AM

Check out your local AAW chapter … looks like you are in the Twin Cities area, so I would suggest the Minnesota Woodturners Assn ( ). They are a great group, would welcome you as a guest at their next club meeting, and could likely hook you up with local mentors.

I would also suggest a membership in AAW (American Association of Woodturners … ... they are in the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul

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#4 posted 03-15-2016 02:30 AM

Stan said…Does it ever get easier to take a bowl getting destroyed as you get near the end of working it.

NOPE, it’s always a bummer to see it destroyed.

I don’t know what tool you were using but the last half of this video may help somewhat (the first half is on the skew).

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#5 posted 03-15-2016 03:03 AM

Lee thanks for the link, I watched it and see exactly what I did wrong, I’ll be watching for that next time. :-)

Gerry, I have looked into the local wood turners club, I definitely plan on attending a meeting soon, Thanks for the links.

I only been turning a few months and it’s been pretty much just bowls, I am so hooked on it, I can’t get enough of it. :-)

-- Stan from St. Paul Mn

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#6 posted 03-15-2016 02:07 PM

I wouldn’t throw that thing away just yet. Keep turning and see what becomes of it.

And that fat edge we are looking at in the photo? You’d be surprised at how much you can “soften” an edge with a ROS…

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 01:17 AM

Back when I was building guitars, whenever I screwed something up, I’d take it and hang it over my workbench as a reminder not to make the same mistake again. Your bowl pieces have the added benefit of being kind of nice to look at.

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