Lidded Boxes #4: Still Turning the First Two Bowls

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-05-2016 04:15 PM 666 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I worked more on these first bowls yesterday. Actually just on one of them. I had the inside to turn. I discovered my tenon had not been shaped correctly in order to fit on my four jaw chuck securely. It was a learning experience; one that I hope to remember and will practice on today since I will be working the second bowl. I watched a video today on the AAW website by Lyle Jamieson about turning feet on a bowl. I learned that I can break the CA glue joint instead of parting the glue chuck on my lathe. That will help. I will break the glue chuck from my second bowl when I get ready to turn its inside.

I used my 1/2’ bowl gouge to to remove the materials on the inside of this bowl. I started that process after drilling a 3/8” inch hole to the depth I needed. I used a red felt pen to mark the depth I needed on the drill bit I used my Jacobs drill chuck in my tail stock to drill the hole. I am glad I used this method to set the depth because it would have been easy to go past the proper depth.

I am a bit disappointed that I had not sanded or fashioned the walls more smoothly. I thought I had it right until I buffed the bowl with carnauba wax. There are rings that show inside the bowl. I do not know how I should have finished this bowl. I thought I had sanded it well after taking care of the turning process. Maybe it is simply the wenge hardwood that makes it more difficult. Not sure.

This morning I will be turning the inside of the other lighter bowl. Afterwards I will turn the feet on both bowls.

-- --- Happy Howie

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