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02-03-2015 12:01 AM

I would like to start off by saying that I do thank each and everyone for their input on my posts concerning bowl turning;;;in as much as I would like to keep trying I don’t believe I have the nerve it takes;;;I ordered a easy wood tool; ;the round one and tried to smooth the edges of a bowl and actually I though I was doing pretty good;;;then it grabs it and threw it out of the chuck again;;;lol;;I think the good lord is trying to tell me something here and I believe I am going to listen;;;thank you all;;;I did read all your comments and I truly do thank you for taking your time and concern for writting them;;;;jeff

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 12:12 AM

Why not try using a faceplate instead of a chuck.. it won’t come off that way. Here is a picture of the first bowl turning I ever did (well.. actually, not bowls, but a pencil holder and paper clip holder that I made for my son out of spalted oak) using a homemade wooden faceplate and turned with sharpened screwdrivers! It ain’t that hard.

Here they are sitting on his desk:


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 12:23 AM

that’s beautifull,,I wish I had the talent or nerve to do it,,but using the face plate most likely would only make it more dangerous I believe,,lol,,I might be eating the tool,,

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 02:07 AM

Ok Jeff,
How much do you want for your tools?

I’m not sure whats going on but I see you were over at Sawmill Creek and got some of the best advice any one
could get and they are saying the same thing we have been saying. Get some help!

I just had a bad catch this weekend, ripped the thing right out of the chuck.
And I will tell you it was PUCKER FACTOR 9. LOL.
But I will not let stop me from wanting to turn.

Good luck,
Edit: Sawmill creek not WoodNet

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 03:32 AM

I recommend taking a turning class

-- Ken

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 03:39 AM

that would be the right thing to do if there was somewhere close by,,and I work 7 days a week every week,,,so my time is very limited ,,,,

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 03:47 AM

Too bad. Be safe though.

-- Ken

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#7 posted 02-03-2015 03:56 AM

If I missed anyone with my PM please pass it on.

-- I'll bulid your dream,you tear it down.

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#8 posted 02-03-2015 12:30 PM

Jeff if do not feel comfortable turning bowls that is okay don’t worry. There are a lot of projects here that might find interesting and fun to turn. Everyone has to find their own way in woodturning. Choosing turning projects that are fun and build confidence and skills best approach can take!

Not sure where you live but this time of the year can find bundles of inexpensive firewood at many stores to practice on. Keep an eye out for trees cut down in neiborhood (homes, constuction sites, parks) for practice wood.

I am self taught and started out doing a lot of turning between centers with nothing more than drive center in the headstock and live center in the tailstock. Only optional equipment needed and bought was a two spur drive center. Benefit of two spur center over a four spur or step center is ends of wood do not have to be perfectly square. Safest way to turn and still using same two spur center bought over twenty years ago.

I used faceplates, waste block and paper glue joints back then for boxes and bowls, but started roughing outside between centers. I still rough out bowls and hollow forms this way between centers before mounting in my chuck today. I turn pens between center verus a mandrel, but use a drive inexpensive dead center in headstock, live center in tailstock and kit bushings.

Although been turning a long time still send stuff firewood pile now and then so don’t be afraid to try!

Good luck and stay safe!

-- Bill

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#9 posted 02-03-2015 01:26 PM

Jeff like you I am just getting started with turning plan on spending some time just turning with between center till I get used to working with the tools maybe you should try that before trying to turn bowls . Just my 2 cents

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#10 posted 02-24-2015 08:00 PM


It is not your fault nor the tools fault. The Easy tools are scrappers and if they are not presented right will always get a catch. I also had catches when I started until a fellow at the turning club shown me the right way to use them.

Here is a link to a YouTube of a friend of mine and he also is an LJ too.

It would really help you to watch all of them if you can.

When I first started I was quite scared when the tool hit the wood and the loud sounds. Back then the wood was closer to my face since I was in a wheel chair about 2 years from a bombing in the middle east. Now I can not imagine a day with out a chance to turn. Of course I can not turn all the time do to health limitations but I love it.

I also know for sure you will to. If I knew where you life maybe I could find you a turning club which will help you greatly.

Send me a PM if you would like to. :) plus I always love to have a new friend.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 02-24-2015 08:29 PM

Jeff , Somehow I think I am in the same boat as you when it come to Turning. the Lathe just seems to Scare the Crap out of me , I took turning classes in High School Shop ( Many years ago) for 3 years with 3 different Instructors and at the end they pretty much all had the same advice for me STAY AWAY FROM THE LATHE and stick to square projects unless they are Flat which I had no problem doing with a bandsaw or router.
Not sure what it was but I was the only one in the classes that had Several projects go flying from the lathe even if the Instructor set it up and we had 20 to 30 students in each class.
I would like to be able to turn because I see some fantastic projects here and on other sites but I don’t think it is worth the Fear and Possiable Injury to myself to continue trying.
Hopefuly you can find an Instructor that can help you get thru the issues you are having and then you can show me some of your Great work in the future.

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