My 1st bowl

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Project by Sam Knight posted 06-25-2015 03:12 AM 1496 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first ever bowl. It was turned on my ShopSmith. It is a natural edged bowl from an Ash tree. No finish applied as I turned it green and was waiting to see if it distorts much. Learning a lot with each turning. One main thing is I need a way to sharpen my tools. I have a slow speed grinder but no grinding jig so I have been trying to do it by hand. Will get the wolverine system soon. Thanks for looking.

-- Sam

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#1 posted 06-25-2015 04:18 AM

You did a great job on your first bowl Sam, congrats!

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Arlin Eastman

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 04:55 AM

A first bowl and natural edge bowl at that. You did a good job there and should be proud.

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 09:21 AM

congratulations on an excellent first bowl.
I can foresee many commissions for you in the future.

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 04:11 PM

Great job. I’m also learning to turn on a Shopsmith, my grandfather’s ancient 10er (and I’m also a Sam). It’s really easy to make a jig for grinding the basic profiles. For example:

Look forward to seeing more of your work!

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#5 posted 06-25-2015 07:40 PM

I’m also an extreme novice in wood turning. I can sharpen the roughing gouge free hand but the others elude me.
I bought the Wolverine System and gave it a try … What a difference! It takes a bit of practice, but well worth the price. And like Babieca said there shop made models, your choice.

Great bowl on your first try … You really went off the deep end doing a natural edge for your first piece … Congrats.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Brian Anderson - UBWoodman

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#6 posted 06-26-2015 07:39 PM

Very nice Sam…you might consider carbide turning tools, eliminates the need for sharpening system.


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