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Forum topic by RussellAP posted 03-11-2013 01:49 AM 1020 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2013 01:49 AM

I just emailed my sawyer and asked him to cut me a 4.5 inch thick slab of walnut and chop it into 12×12 squares for me. I will coat them with paraffin quickly and then you’ll see some serious stuff.

Do you like this style of bowl, I notice no one seems to do them here in projects.

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#1 posted 03-11-2013 02:13 AM

One of my personal favorite styles of bowls. Every time I see one, I want to go buy a lathe.

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 02:17 AM

My favorite kind. Kinda looks like a vision of a black hole. Neat !

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#3 posted 03-11-2013 04:11 AM

May have to try one

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#4 posted 03-11-2013 04:14 AM

Looks nice, Russell.

FWIW, I’d rather need a sawyer than a lawyer . . .

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#5 posted 03-11-2013 04:54 AM

my favourite kind

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#6 posted 03-11-2013 12:22 PM

Thumbs up from me.

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#7 posted 03-11-2013 12:32 PM

That looks pretty cool, but as a non-woodturner that looks hard to turn! It’s probably no big deal, but those spinning corners would scare the hell out of me.

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#8 posted 03-11-2013 01:14 PM

The only problem with these is if you have a lathe with a small throw (like my Jet mini-lathe). It’s hard to turn anything like this that’s any appreciable size because the corners would clip the bed.

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#9 posted 03-11-2013 01:32 PM

I like it, was it turned green?

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#10 posted 03-11-2013 01:34 PM

I really like them, think they would make really nice table center pieces.

As a non-turner who turns occasionally it looks scary. I bet that thing sounds like a helicopter taking off while it is spinning.

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#11 posted 03-11-2013 03:48 PM

Very cool…..but wouldn’t a 12×12 square be more than 12” corner to corner? I might see what size you can swing by cutting a piece of cardboard before I ordered some.
Mike

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#12 posted 03-11-2013 04:12 PM

Good thinking Moke. I did that last night and resent the request to my sawyer to make them 9” square. I wish I could mount a chuck on the other side of my lathe where the handle is for the larger turnings. I might look into that. I have a Delta 46-460.

My sawyer informed me he as a boxwood eldar maple with flame. I think I’ll have him make me some blanks out of that too.

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#13 posted 03-11-2013 04:21 PM

Russel -
Be careful with it – those corners are largely “invisible” while you are spinning it, so it is a little tricky to get in close with a bowl scraper and not get a knuckle smacked :-)

If your experience goes like mine you will go to the bandsaw and have to “resquare” the bowl, becuse the sharp corners get a little tearout

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#14 posted 03-11-2013 04:37 PM

DrDirt, I was wondering about those corners. Usually the bottom of the bowl is pretty easy to turn after you get a tenon. I think maybe a strobe light would help a bit in seeing where the corners are. Ever tried that or heard of anyone trying it for turning?

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#15 posted 03-11-2013 09:03 PM

Russel -
Never tried a strobe – don’t know how annoying it may get after turning for a while…give it a shot!

For this kind of thing, I always glued on a sacrificial block with a faceplate screwed to it, then part it off.

Forming the tennon by screwing the baseplate to the “hollow” of the bowl first so you get a good tennon and shaping the bottom, then flipping it, grabbing the tennon in the jaws, and removing the faceplate to hollow the bowl is probably the best sequence.
I wouldn’t try to do this with a jam chuck, I would lock it in place with either jaws or a faceplate, but that is largely because the “wings” are a large diameter to keep spinning true.

For the square bowl making the tennon will be the cleanest option. But you know us creatures of habit will find a difficult work around to keep doing it like I have in the past :-)

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