Lidded Boxes #3: Turning: Tenon and Outside Shaped

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-03-2016 02:39 AM 942 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Tonight I continued turning the two bowls that I started yesterday. The tasks for today was to insure the tenons were made and would fit snuggly onto the four jaw chuck I own. The tenons diameter would be 2 inches and dovetailed to fit my chuck.

I suited up better tonight. I did not protect myself as I should have yesterday. So I spent some time making sure my respirator was clean and fitted with new filters. I cleaned my goggles that I was going to wear over my glasses and under my face shield. I order a smock today on I found here on Lumberjocks a member that liked his welder’s smock. I ordered a similar one for myself. I believe it will arrive Tuesday. So in the meantime I will have kto put up with some sawdust and chips getting into my apron’s pockets and between my apron and my shirt. My lungs and nasal cavity were protected unlike yesterday.

Space man…

Since my lathe is small, then my bowls will also be small. I have given the outer shape some width in order to maximize the size of the bowl for storing candy or whatever contents.

These bowls will be Christmas gifts for my children. Actually, I will be turning four bowls and four lidded containers. I have wood blocks for seven of the eight gifts. I will be making a trip to my local Woodcraft store so I can make the fourth lidded box. I chose to turn bowls first. I just thought it would be good practice before turning lidded containers.

In order to show more light on the objects I am turning, I clapped a block of wood to my lathe and from that I fixed my light fixture. I positioned the wood block so I could clamp the light to either side of the lathe; depending on where I needed the light the most and where my turning tool needed to be positioned for cutting.

Once I turned the tenon which I will fasten my four jaw chuck to turn the inside of the bowl, I shaped the outside of the bowl.

Although I knew the tenon’s diameter was correct for my chuck, I still placed it on the bowl just to verify to was sized correctly.

After getting the outside curve of the bowl to the finished shape, I sanded it starting with 60 grit and then up to 220 with 60 grit increments. Then I applied carnauba wax to the bowls’ outer surface and used a cloth to polish the bowls further.

I then took the other bowl that I actually started shaping first yesterday. It had come somewhat loose in the screw chuck and I added more epoxy yesterday. After mounting it back on the lathe today, I could tell that the additional epoxy was holding the bowl better in the chuck, I made it tenon and shaped it outside surface, sanded it, and applied a coating of carnauba wax. I can tell that I will need to buff this bowl more in order to finish it.

Tomorrow I will turn the inside of these two bowls and bring it to a finish state by buffing a wax surface. After that I will mount the other two hardwood blocks to my screw chucks in order to turn the last two bowls.

-- --- Happy Howie

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