50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #15: It's hip to be square

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Blog entry by mnguy posted 04-18-2019 01:49 PM 486 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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(thank you, Huey Lewis)

With 50 projects to turn this year, I am learning to not design everything, which you have to do with segmented projects. I am learning to look around the shop at the piles of blanks, offcuts, etc. for inspiration and material. Which is one of the reasons I am challenging myself to turn 50 things this year, so it’s working!

I watched a video of Jimmy Clewes turning a square bowl, and thought that looked pretty cool, so I looked around the shop and found a walnut offcut that my wife picked up from the ‘bargain bin’ at one of our local hardwood suppliers / cabinet shops. I squared it up, mounted it to a face plate and started turning. Made a tenon on the bottom for the chuck and shaped the bottom. I quickly learned that I needed to a) shape the edge from outside – in to avoid blow out of the corners / edges, and b) I had to run high rpms. It was a bit scary as this thing sounded like an airplane propeller at 2000 rpm, but I got comfortable with it. Sanded the corners with round sanding pad in a drill, flats with a block. Flipped and turned the face.

I thought I might be able to turn the rather large knot out, but it went almost all the way through the blank, so I filled it with tinted epoxy. Another lesson – the open time of System 3 is rather long, as the bottle makes clear (had I taken the time to read it). The first fill of System 3 largely ran out when I mounted it after 1 hour of cure time – whoops.

After shaping and sanding the top, I mounted it in the Cole jaws and turned off the tenon and finished the base. Sanded to 400 grit, EEE Ultra Shine, and then Shellawax.

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#1 posted 05-17-2020 10:38 AM

I have already seen the original video of Jimmy Clewes in which he was turning a square ball, but your similar work is far more mature and excellent. It is always easy to read before help in research paper. I am honestly impressed to see such splendid work on a square ball.

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