red cedar bowl

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Project by animation23 posted 07-30-2015 02:19 PM 1577 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first turning project. I was out visiting family and my wifes uncle let me use the lathe in his shop. He had some red cedar bowl blanks, a few guiding words, and off i went. Turning is very adictive, going to have to put a lathe on my wish list.

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#1 posted 07-30-2015 03:06 PM

First time turning? Doesn’t look it. The bowl turned out pretty great (pun intended) with a really nice grain structure.

A lathe is at the top of my wish list as well. As soon as I complete the “Honey Do” list, I have authorization to purchase. Just a few more to accomplish… assuming nothing new gets added.

-- You can't fail if you don't give up.

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#2 posted 07-30-2015 03:24 PM

FAR better than my first attempt which is now holding random screws and washers in a dark corner of my shop. Or for that matter the 2nd and 3rd attempts. Nicely done and very pretty wood.

-- Don, -

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#3 posted 07-30-2015 04:25 PM

Beautiful job! I love turning bowls. Cedar is especially nice.

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#4 posted 07-30-2015 04:31 PM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 07-30-2015 07:49 PM

Damn fine bowl for your first shot at it!

And yes, you have entered the slippery slope of wood turning. Contrary to poplar belief, the lathe is NOT the biggest expense you’ll have!

Good luck , and WELCOME to LJs !

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#6 posted 07-31-2015 02:58 AM

Good looking bowl. The lathe is cheap compared to all the tools you’ll buy for it. Have fun, Ollie

-- Ollie

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#7 posted 07-31-2015 03:01 AM

Nice bowl, what kind of cedar is it? I haven’t seen any with the yellow in it. That’s a lot more difficult shape than many others for starting out. How much time did you spend on it? More pictures would have been great.

Thanks for sharing, John.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#8 posted 07-31-2015 03:22 AM

Got to love that red cedar. This is a fine turning, especially for the first time.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#9 posted 07-31-2015 03:49 AM

Thanks guys.

I had some good advice from a very talented woodworker while turning this bowl, i think that helped the final product :)

I have been on craigslist looking for a lathe, but the chuck and tools add up. Any recomendations on a started lathe?

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#10 posted 08-02-2015 05:14 AM

I would say buy any lathe you can use for awhile and resell for the same price. The gouges etc. you can always use but chucks and things may not fit the next lathe. Also an old rockwell beaver requires almost no maintenance where the newer 10 speed belt driven reeves drives can plug up with sanding dust. The aluminum sheaves might have to be replaced. It’s all fun though, John.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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