Bowl Turning

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by oakdust posted 2146 days ago 1020 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View oakdust's profile


177 posts in 2448 days

2146 days ago

I tried to turn my first bowl todat out of a blank of spalted malple. I mae it round and cut a tenon on what was to be the bottom of the bowl. I put the tenon in the 3 jaw chuck and tightened it down, I mean really tight. So I starteed to hollow out the inside and the blank flew out of the chuck, rolled accross the floor and came to rest under the work bench. Needles to say it really messed up the blank. So what did I do wrong? Is there a better way to mount the blank to hollow it out?

-- Bob, Rockford IL,

4 replies so far

View cmaeda's profile


205 posts in 2187 days

#1 posted 2146 days ago

Haha… that’s bowl… bowel is something else…

View Eric's profile


873 posts in 2416 days

#2 posted 2145 days ago


Yeah, seriously, oakdust, you need to edit this post QUICK! or you’ll never get a serious response to your question.

-- Eric at

View NY_Rocking_Chairs's profile


500 posts in 2230 days

#3 posted 2145 days ago

Can you turn bowels? I thought they were kind of long and squigly, not at all straight…

How deep was the tenon? I usually aim for about 1/4” to 3/8” deep.

You should angle the tenon wall so that the outside edge (surface of the bowl) is smaller than the inside (3/8” into the bowl). This creates a lip for the chuck to grab onto. If you look at your chuck you should see that the teeth on that are angled too. So cutting the same angle into your tenon will allow the two to mate harmoniously.

Hope this helps.

-- Rich, WNY,

View mike's profile


46 posts in 2943 days

#4 posted 2145 days ago


A couple of turning points for chuck use. As Rich indicated you need to match the angle of the chuck jaws
to the tenon. also a common rookie mistake is to have the tenon bottom out on the base of the chuck. The mechanical advantage of a chuck lies in matching the jaw angle for maximum contact and that the base of the bowl blank rest firmly on the top of the jaws.

Also this is not as mechanically sound as a face plate to a gently touch without too much side pressure and sharp gouges will increase the probability of success.

PS Rich I love your chairs.

Hope this helps

-- Mike, Maryland,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase