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Forum topic by 3285jeff posted 02-04-2015 12:40 AM 791 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2015 12:40 AM

well its not much,,but I took a picture of it,,hopefully I can download a few,,i ordered a easy wood tool and it arrived today,,after watching videros on it I thought,,lol,,why not,,give it another shot with a different tool,,its not much after what I have seen all of you turn,,but I guess its a start,,,but I do have a question,,,lol,,how do I finish the bottom side where the tendon is at,,and I like what the tool I ordered did,,but I was actually thinking about ordering the ellsworth irish grind bowl tool,,,please excuse me for my other posts on quitting,,but I did find out it was a skill that you have to aquire,,not just something you can walk up to and turn the lathe on and expect results,,,any comments on my questions would be helpful,,thank you,,jeff,,,1st picture is bottom of bowl,,,,

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 01:28 AM

I have been following your posts. Good to see your are still trying and can see your great increase in skill. Nice job on this bowl. I think you using speeds like 1800. This would be very scary to me. I usually do not get to over 800 on most bowls. I agree the carbide are a good tool but do have some limitations for finishing. As to bowl gouges I was almost afraid to us one after all the catchs and calamity which you mentioned. My suggestion is to watch lots of videos, practice on small pieces, learn about riding the bevel and try to take very small cuts. As to the back of the bowl watch videos on how to hold a bowl backwards. Just my two cents. Good luck.

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 04:47 AM

Jeff, glad to here that you might stick with turning. The proper tools, understanding what your limits are, tool limits, and understanding of wood characeristics will let you become a proficient turner in time. It won’t happen overnight.

Here is a tool I invented. I was having problems with the small nubs letting go just about the time I was ready to shut down to cut it off with a chisel, saw or other tools used . I lost about one out of three forms. Finally, I dreamed this up, made a bunch , and now have at least 99% success. In my opinion, it’s the best thing out there for removing tenons, as all the work is done between centers. ......... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 12:29 AM

Good for you for hanging in there, Jeff! That is a very nice bowl, certainly better than my first crop, and you should be proud of it.

As far as holding the bowl to turn away the tenon, there are several choices out there. Jerry’s tool (above post) looks like a great idea and I’m going to PM him for more details. There are also jam chucks, Longworth chucks, and vacuum chucks out there, and all of them are good to have. Rather than go into a long detailed rundown on each one, I’ll suggest that you just Google each and see how they work. There is plenty of information and YouTube videos on them.

Good luck and congrats on sticking with it!


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