Lidded Boxes #5: Completed the 2nd Bowl and Started the 3rd and 4th...

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Blog entry by HappyHowie posted 12-07-2016 06:36 AM 1141 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I continued work on turning wood bowls. They will be Christmas gifts so I have much work to complete. I decided that I will finish turning the feet of each of these bowls after I have turned the outside and inside of all four bowls. So I will be finishing all four feet at the same time.

The light bowl’s hardwood is lati. It has a very nice grain pattern. I took the bowl off the lathe. I had watched veteran turner Lyle Jamieson demonstrate how to use a hand chisel with a mallet to break off a glue chuck. So I tried doing that myself today. His method worked great! I wish I had seen that method the day before cause I parted my glue chuck from the first bowl I turned. Like Lyle said it was a difficult and messy process.

Before I began removing material from the inside of this bowl I drilled a 3/8 inch hole in its center 1 1/4 inches deep. This will give me approximately 1/4 inches to the base of the tenon.

I finished turning the inside of the light lati wood. In order to turn the inside I had to mount its tenon in my four jaw chuck. I thought I had that process down okay the day before, but I had some troubles holding the bowl tightly. It started to wobble. Thus, I tried to tighten the chuck more. I actually had some chipping occur and the bowl fell off of my lathe. The bowl did not break, thank goodness. I carefully fastened the chuck back on and positioned the chipped parts between the jaws. I then began to take very light cuts for the remaining removal of wood within the bowl. I switched from my 1/2 inch bowl gouge to my 3/8 inch bowl gouge so I could more finely and thinly remove materials on the side and bottom of the bowl. After that i used my round nose scrapper chisel. I believe I got the wood to a nice smooth surface.

I then sanded the bowl’s inside starting from 80 grit, to 120, 150, 180 and finally 220. Afterwards I applied some carnauba wax.

I prepared two more glue chucks that I will use for the other bowls. I used epoxy to fasten the glue chucks onto the other two hardwood blocks. These hardwoods are bubinga and Brazilian cherry. They will look great, if I don’t mess them up while turning .

Oh yeah, my new welder’s smock got delivered today. I like it. A wood turner’s smock may have had slicker smooth cloth material, but I think this jacket will work great for me. I actually saw another member who recommended this brand. i bought it like him on

You can see from the sight of my used respirator why I use a respirator during turning. My first day of turning these bowls i did not use a respirator. I paid for it. Thankfully I had a Nettie pot. I had to rinse my nasal cavity twice to get the junk out. I will remember this…

-- --- Happy Howie

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