Mother (in law)'s Day gift

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Project by DocT posted 05-04-2010 11:48 PM 1920 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t posted a project in awhile. I got an old craftsman lathe after Christmas and have been teaching myself to spindle turn for some Windsor chairs that I am making. The chair legs are all done, but I’m having so much fun that I am now attempting hollow forms/bowls. Turning is addictive if you haven’t already heard! So, this year, all my Mother’s Day gifts are coming from the lathe. This one was made for my mother-in-law.

This bowl comes from the margin of a large Red Oak burl. There was not much burl in this blank, but it did have some wild grain. It also, unfortunately, had several large fissures that made me nervous about overly thinning the walls. I wanted to leave a live edge along part of the rim, and I gotta tell you “turning air” in that area was a bit harrowing.

It is about four inches tall and six inches in diameter. The finish is lacquer.


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#1 posted 05-04-2010 11:51 PM

looks good, how did you mount it/ what does the bottom look like?

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#2 posted 05-05-2010 04:29 AM

I initially turned it between centers. I turned a “spigot” at the base which I then held in my four-jaw chuck for hollowing and final turning. It was a challenge to get within a semblance of balance because of the voids in the piece. My little craftsman lathe wasn’t happy for awhile!


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#3 posted 05-05-2010 08:36 AM

Fantastic turning. Love the live edge. I understand about the craftsman not being happy. That is why my wife upgraded me to my new Jet.

Turning air can be a lot of fun, but like you said, it is a bit scary too! Great job.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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