!st Bowl

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Project by aloysius posted 09-24-2014 02:27 PM 1323 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the first bowl I have turned in years. It is about 8-1/4” in diameter and made from a piece of curly maple I bought from a guy in Ohio through eBay. My step-daughter was delighted to receive it as a birthday gift earlier this year.

I had just finished rebuilding an old wood lathe found on Craig’s List in Houston. I couldn’t pass up the machine after I saw the bronze name plate that read: Manual Training School, St. Louis, Mo. 1887. Although the 1920’s motor on the 1887 machine may not be able to do much work . . the machine is a beautiful piece of history!

I hope to try my hand at some more turning after I finish building my new woodworking shop. I love rebuilding and using “old iron”. Tools from 1920’s thru about 1970 have been (or are in line to be) rebuilt and used. C’mon retirement time . . . then I won’t be living in Austin and working in Houston any longer!!

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#1 posted 09-24-2014 03:05 PM

Nice looking wood. My preference would have been for it to be turned a bit thinner but to each his own. Plus it may have exploded if you tried. Some very pretty knots and faults you had to work around.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 03:37 PM

Great first bowl!!..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-25-2014 08:35 AM

Hey Nice bowl

You must be really excited about the lathe, so much so you have forgotten to post some pictures?

come on …don’t be a tease!!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 09-25-2014 12:46 PM

That is pretty darn good for a first attempt, the bowls I have kept are some of the first ones I turned, the ones that didn’t explode from a inadvertent catch and I had many. I like the thicker bowls and the heft to them. I don’t think people realize the amount of color and beauty in maples heart wood, this bowl has a great contrast of creamy white and gnarlinest (is that a word). When I started turning it was with an old craftsman bench top model.

-- i love the smell of sawdust in the morning, it smells like victory. John

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