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Journey into Woodturning #86: Outboard Turning

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 12-21-2021 12:31 PM 880 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was something in the plans for a long time. To maximize the size of the bowl I knew I would have to utilize the outboard turning of the midi lathe. That and I would like a large piece of wood too. I managed to get my hands on a decent size chuck of Hububalli. I never heard of this wood, but hey why not give a go.

First thing I needed to do was get my hands on the extension set. The box came with a 10 inch bed extension, tool rest extender and a thread extender. I took off the handle, that was secured with grommet screws to expose the threads. Attached the 10 inch bed extender with three hex screws. Moved the banjo from the main bed to the extender bed. I was all set to put the wood on the faceplate and begin.

The one thing I noticed after getting started, was the speed of the lathe had to remain slow. The unbalanced wood made it shake at speeds above 750 rpm. Was much of an issue really, just slow and steady.

After getting the rough look, I discovered the nail or screw hole. Something that marred the wood. As I tried to shave it back I realized I would be left with a much smaller bowl then initial intended. So I filled it with saw dust and CA glue trick.

No more drama was had from that point forward. The shape of the bowl ended up being almost 12 inches wide and just under 2 inches tall. The center had a slight rise and lip for the dip bowl to be rested in. The wife already picked out the bowl she’s going to use for the New Years Eve party for the dip.

As for the Laguna REVO 1216 outboard turning review, I would say the most challenging part was securing the hex screws. Overall it allows for about 16.5 inch diameter (max) throw of wood. Depending on the chuck the wood max might be something like 6 inches deep, but I cannot say for sure. It can handle 4 inches easily.

The outboard turning was one of the main reason I choose the Laguna REVO 1216 in a midi lathe. Having that extra option that other lathes in this size and similar price point make it stand out from the rest. I am pleased with the result and purchase of this lathe.

Here’s this weeks video: Chip & Dip Bowl



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