My second bowl - Tigerstripe Maple bowl

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Project by Mike_D_S posted 08-05-2016 03:11 AM 1314 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had picked up a couple of nice Maple bowl 9×9x4 blanks a month ago. After finishing my first bowl (live edge oak bowl) I decided to go ahead and tackle one of the big blanks today. I drilled a hole in the one side, screwed in the woodworm screw, chucked it up and got to turning.

As with the first bowl I did, there was a sort of live action learning curve. But overall it went fairly well. I don’t have a set of calipers for checking the bowl thickness so I’m having to sort of eyeball it and using my fingers to check for consistent thickness. I have a new appreciation for bowl gouges after working on this piece. There is a technique to it, but it’s not overly difficult to get started and if you are careful with the presentation, the chance of a catch seems to be low. This is also the first time I’ve really used a scraper and it did a good job.

A couple hours later I had this bowl finished. The blank had a little visible tiger stripe, but it really shows well in the bowl. The finish is just beeswax polished on.

I’m pretty happy with it for only my second bowl. The sides are relatively uniform thickness, starting at about 1/4” at the rim and thinning down to about 3/32” for most of the bowl sides. The bottom is about 3/32” thick as well, though the foot area is much thicker than that. There are a couple of spots that aren’t perfect, but overall I think it’s maybe a B+ effort?

Thanks for looking,

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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#1 posted 08-05-2016 02:15 PM

nice job on the bowl, especially for your second bowl! Love that tiger stripe.

There are a couple of inexpensive options you can use for “measuring” the thickness of a bowl. You can use a flashlight or other strong light source (even a lamp, etc) to show the light from the backside. At least that works for the sides. I also made myself a depth gauge out of a dowl and a couple of scrap pieces of wood.

Anyway, good job and keep on turning!

-- One good turn deserves another!

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#2 posted 08-05-2016 03:06 PM

I actually have the pieces for a set of thickness calipers and a golden mean caliper laid out, I just haven’t cut them out yet.

I really enjoy turning and like the idea that a nice small project is an hour or two’s work.

Making this bowl was the first time I felt like a real turner as I had long shavings coming off and little chips or dust. There is something very satisfying about making that continuous cut from the base to the rim when everything is cutting right. I definitely need to get a bigger bowl gouge though, the 3/8 one I have works well, but it take some time to get the initial shaping done.

-- No honey, that's not new, I've had that forever......

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