ambrosia maple turnings #1: spalted ambrosia maple bowl

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Blog entry by jeffthewoodwacker posted 12-29-2008 02:06 AM 1076 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got some pieces of spalted ambrosia maple and decided to turn a bowl and vase from the largest pieces. This piece of log was just a little over 12 inches in diameter and I cut it 8 inches long.

The piece was mounted between centers to start the rough turning. I have a spur drive that fits my nova chuck which saves a lot of time.

A recess is created in the rough turned piece and will be held internally by the nova chuck jaws.

With the piece secured in the Nova Jaw I started turning the bowl to shape. I do leave the tail stock engaged until the outside of the piece is turned to shape. This provides more support and is safer.

Once the outside is turned to shape I start on the inside. This piece has a bead turned on the rim and is undercut on the inside of the rim. One trick I use is to put a coat of beeswax on the inside of the bowl before I start with my scrapers doing the finishing cuts. This really makes a difference in the quality of cut. The beeswax is parted off with a final finish cut with the scrapers. This bowl is now ready to be sanded and finished. I will be able to start with 220 grit paper and work my way up to 600 grit.

I will get pictures of what the bowl looks like when fully sanded and explain my finish process in part two of this series. Will also detail how I finish the bottom of the piece to remove all signs of how it was held in the lathe.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#1 posted 12-29-2008 02:15 AM

Jeff. Thanks for the turorial. It starting to look great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 12-29-2008 03:10 AM

Great blog, thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 12-29-2008 03:36 AM

That’s a really great looking piece of wood, can’t wait to see the finished piece.

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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