Journey into Woodturning #32: Failure on the biggest bowl...

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 12-22-2020 03:45 PM 729 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 31: First attempt - Christmas ornaments Part 32 of Journey into Woodturning series Part 33: Funnel Bowl Failure! »

Bigger machine, bigger wood! I tried to turn an 11×4 piece of Etimoe. First attempt at a big bowl was met with disaster. It turns out the wood was off balance, evidence by the pith of a branch on one side. With the dense wood on one side and lighter wood on the other side, the wobble was too much for me.

I switched to a piece of Sapele, in 11×4. Here I discovered my second problem, I used a worm screw rather than a face plate. However, I didn’t think about this until the end when I thought I might give the Etimoe another try.

Let’s get back the sapele a minute. This wood is very nice and for my first real big bowl, I’m glad I avoided any major disasters. The bottom turned out great and the side of the bowl design shaped up nicely. I did have some problems with the inside.

As I tried to make one more clean-cut pass, I would get a catch. I would then clean it up and just one more finishing pass, another catch. Eventually, the side of the bowl was starting to get pretty thin. I had to just accept the latest catch and attempt to sand it out.

For my first BIG bowl, I’m really proud of the design and outside look of the bowl. I need practice on the inside, and I realized in the end I should have used a face plate. What do you think?

Here is this week’s video: Failure on the biggest bowl

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