How To: Square Natural Edge Bowl #2: Turning tenon and Finishing bottom

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Blog entry by Underdog posted 11-16-2021 02:45 AM 360 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Next thing is to waste away some bark and wood to find a good place for the tenon. Once that’s done you can move the tailstock temporarily and finish turning the tenon to fit the minimum diameter to fit your chuck jaws.

Then, and this is important for later, bring your tailstock back up and make a dimple. I leave it there until I put finish on. It helps keep the blank secure and I don’t worry about it coming off and bashing me in the head.

Then turn the bottom to suit your self. I tend to true up the top edge first though, so that I know how much thickness to leave for the rim. I normally leave it about a 1/4, although it varies. I had a catch and one of these bowls got dangerously thin.

I also use a cheap right angle drill from HF and some sanding mandrels from Woodturning Wonders to smooth it all out once I have the shape I like. It helps to have smooth flowing curves. Keeps it easy!

Then once that’s done I break out the Minwax Wipe-On Poly and rub it in good.

That PLUM is absolutely GORGEOUS! I can’t wait to turn some more.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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