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05-15-2014 10:31 PM

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I have been trying my hand at turning some small bowls but I am having a problem with getting the bottom round. The edge of the bottom is round but not the bottom. I am wanting them to look like a cereal bowl. What am I doing wrong? Thanks


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#1 posted 05-15-2014 10:49 PM

Photos would help.

Inside or outside?

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#2 posted 05-16-2014 12:47 AM

It is the outside of bowl. Don’t have pictures available at this time.

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#3 posted 05-16-2014 09:39 AM

All about how you stand, hold the tool, and body movement.

Go buy a bowl turning video or check out You Tube or link below.

http://woodturning.org/education/

-- Bill

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#4 posted 05-16-2014 03:46 PM

And you will need a bit of a flat spot or some kind of foot on the bottom so it is stable.

Also look for videos on turning spheres. Spheres are great practice.

-- - Terry

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 07:01 PM

Not sure I fully understand the question. Round as opposed to what? Oval?

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#6 posted 05-17-2014 08:36 PM

Round bottom as opposed to a flat one. I know you need to have a flat foot on the bottom so bowl doesn’t just wobble. My problem is that I am only getting just the edges rounded. It goes from a straight side down to a rounded edge then a flat bottom. It looks more like a cup than a bowl.

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#7 posted 05-17-2014 09:07 PM

Keep cutting until you have the shape you want? Maybe leave a foot instead of a flat bottom. Picture it in your mind or sketch it on paper beforehand.

You want a shape like this:

Instead of this?

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#8 posted 05-17-2014 10:45 PM

That’s exactly what is happening Rick. I’ll keep trying.

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#9 posted 05-17-2014 11:04 PM

bcramer—Just a WAG, but I would says you need to learn how to ride the bevel and swing the tool handle … much easier to control the cut.

What kind of tools are you using (HSS, carbide, etc.)?

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 05-18-2014 10:07 AM

If click on videos at link already provided. Just scroll down video list Stuart will walk you through stance, how to hold & rotate tool and body at the same time.

I learned to turn bowls by readin books, and buying video tapes, today with so many good videos on line for free easy peasy.

-- Bill

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#11 posted 05-18-2014 12:35 PM

Thanks Wildwood for link. Really good videos. I see a number of things I need to correct.

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#12 posted 05-18-2014 02:12 PM

Wildwood, those are some excellent videos at that link you provided. I’ve watched about half of them so far, will go back as soon as I can to watch the rest, and probably watch them again. Thanks for posting it!

-- The first cordless tool was a stick. The first power tool was a rock.

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#13 posted 05-18-2014 04:24 PM

Like Stuart because he explains the push cut very well and this is how learned to turn a bowls. I will only use a pull cut when in trouble or shear scrapping.

-- Bill

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