Jacaranda Wing-ed Bowl #1: Trimming Mounting and Shaping

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 10-29-2015 11:34 PM 1191 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Jacaranda Wing-ed Bowl series Part 2: Oh, those Tool Tracks »

I thought it might be neat to present a timeline of this Project. The Thing is on the lathe, waiting for me to get back to it. (I began this Blog about 4 hours ago. My computer locked up, when I was almost done with. The Blog-making page didn’t save my work, like it’s supposed to. So, here I am, starting over. this time, I’m writing it out on Notepad first.)
I chose a Jacaranda log. You can see in Montage #1 that it’s fairly bent. And there’s a pretty large nub near the end. That must go, for there’s no way that’ll spin well. And, go it did.

I thought, momentarily, that, mebees, the cutoof could be reattached. The word there, that you probably can’t see, in the top right photo, is “Nah.” The punky bit will be turned away.

Often, when I’m trying to get some semblance of balance out of a whacky piece of timber, I’ll lightly hold it between centers on the lathe, trying not to poke any holes in it or knock off bark. This time, I balanced it on my fingertip. It worked really well, as it happens. I bored a 3/8” hole, inserted the Wormscrew, noted how remarkably (surprisingly, really) well-balanced it is. That’s nice. It’s real nice, at 2 o’clock in the morning, to know that I don’t have to get out the power planer. So, there’s nothing left, now, but to start shaping this Thing.

This is a pretty extreme case of cuttus interruptus. But I’m liking it so far.
The final photo is the same as the previous one, only several hours later. (Even I must snooze from time to time.)
Thanks for coming along. Back to the lathe I must hie.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-30-2015 12:22 AM

This should be fun. You must’ve hit the sweet spot balance wise. I’d be standing as far to the side, with a stick to switch on my Shopsmith even at the lowest speed setting. Pucker factor – high.

-- Don, -

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#2 posted 10-30-2015 12:24 AM

Looks like it well under way!! Look forward to the project posting!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-30-2015 12:49 AM

Interesting method Mark. Great blog.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 10-30-2015 01:02 AM

Thanks for the tip on balancing, Mark.I always struggle with this especially since my lathe is bolted to a cabinet top.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 10-30-2015 07:59 AM

Don, a quick flip of the switch is all it takes.
Lew at least your machine can’t walk away from you.
Thanks. Stay tuned. I have the outside sanded now. I’ll be turning it around in ten or twelve hours (again, I do snooze). I’m pretty sure that, aside from sanding out the tool marks, I’ll be finishing it off the lathe. Cuttus Interruptus is a very difficult thing to make smooth.

-- Mark

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