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06-11-2008 04:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: tip walnut purpleheart lathe turning

I have had a few requests for a tutorial of how I turn a bowl. This bowl is laminated purpleheart and walnut. I used epoxy mixed with cumin for the adhesive. I like to mix organic material in with the epoxy to give it some color and texture.

After the epoxy has cured, I mount the blank to a face plate.


I then turn the blank round and shape the outside of the vessal.


Once the outside shape is faily close, I turn a foot to accept my chuck and sand.


I then mount the foot to my chuck and carve the inside of the vessal. Notice I am just through the walnut and epoxy.


I finish sanding and apply 3-5 coats of wipe-on poly. I sand with 0000 steel wool between coats.


Thanks for looking.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 06-11-2008 04:27 AM

Thanks for showing this, I really like the idea with the epoxy. The glue line stands out great and makes the project.

-- Frank Auge---Nichols NY----"My opinion is neither copyrighted nor trademarked, but it is price competitive."

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#2 posted 06-11-2008 06:21 AM

Nice post Trifern, I’ve always like to view your turning projects…Blkcherry

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#3 posted 06-11-2008 08:18 AM

Sure looks ugly to start with, but “turns” out great!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 06-11-2008 12:16 PM

This is a nice post Trifern. Thanks for showing us how you turn.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 06-11-2008 12:20 PM

thanks for showing the project. thats a great idea to to mix the eboxy to give it color! thanks for the post.

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#6 posted 06-11-2008 01:36 PM

Thanks all. One of the reasons I love to turn is starting with a hunk of nothing and turning it into something.

I have been out of commision lately with a lot going on including a flooded finished basement with all the recent rains. I have always had contractors work on the basement construction in the past. This go around I will do the work myself. I plan on doing some custom built in storage solutions. I will share them when complete.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 06-11-2008 04:15 PM

Trifern, thanks for sharing. It’s always a pleasure, and inspiring, reading about your process.

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#8 posted 06-11-2008 04:25 PM

Thanks, Trifern. I’m not a turner, so this clears up a lot of the mystery for me.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 06-11-2008 11:48 PM

thanks for the info it will really help. i know how you fell with the water , my new garage / shop leaks like the titanic when it rains. good luck.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#10 posted 06-12-2008 11:31 PM

Great post Trifern.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 06-15-2008 01:44 AM

Hi Trifern,

I’m glad somebody else is struggling with the same lathe I do. By the way, I replaced the toolrest with the toolrest Grizzly is making for their more expensive 16” and things are much nicer since (I had to order all the parts and to assemble it myself). The toolrest that comes with this lathe was designed for 14” lathes and “lengthen”. It is really not appropriate for a 16” lathe.

Nice turning,


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#12 posted 06-15-2008 04:40 AM

Thanks Alin. How did you get the upgraded tool rest? I haven’t seen it in their catalog.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#13 posted 06-16-2008 03:17 PM


It is not in the catalog. I figured that they used the same stand for both lathes (which is true) so I got the schematics for the other lathe ( G0632 ) and I ordered all the parts in the picture. If you do, make sure you get all the parts, small and big. I think everything come to about 80$. The tool rest for G0632 is much better than the old tool rest.

I think, even though did not check (based on the pictures) that the stand and the toolrest for G0632 is identical to the parts on the 16” Jet lathe. Probably the toolrest from the Jet lathe fits your lathe and you can buy the whole assembly from jet. I guess I was cheap and I bought the parts from Grizzly (saved about 40$).

Also, the tailstock of your lathe is about 1/64” too low, which results in vibration if you turn between centers (somebody else with the same lathe mentioned this). What I did is put 2 “shoes” under the sides of the tailstock made out of metal that raise it 1/64”. Suddenly, the lathe behaves much better.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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