finally success at turning mahogany!

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Project by Blake Haskins posted 09-10-2017 04:56 AM 2176 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned a small bowl from mahogany, its a pretty raw turning video, but I narrated it in an informative manner, so you may learn how to turn for yourself.
In the past I haven’t had much luck turning mahogany, it usually explodes halfway through the project,

If you enjoyed this vi

if you have any idea for future videos/projects let me know.

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#1 posted 09-10-2017 05:01 AM

Nice looking bowl.

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#2 posted 09-10-2017 01:40 PM

Blake, this is a beautiful piece and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 09-10-2017 06:23 PM

Nice looking bowl.

- ralbuck

Blake, this is a beautiful piece and you did a fine job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

- helluvawreck

Thanks alot!!

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#4 posted 09-10-2017 09:26 PM

Great bowl!
I was actually thinking about turning a piece of African Mahogany and now I am worried about it exploding!
Are there always problems or just the batch you had?

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#5 posted 09-12-2017 12:05 AM

Nice bowl. You are doing quite well for you age.

I have a couple of suggestions that I think you might find useful.
First, I see in the video you have a chuck for the lathe. So, if you also have a router you can use it to create a recess in the bottom of your blank to mount it instead of using the screw mount. It is done by making a circle template with a 24” long b6 6” piece of 1/2” plywood. Then make a hole in the center the diameter you want the recess in the blank to be, plus about 1/4”. Place the template over the center of the blank and securly clamp it in place. I usually do it across the corner of my work bench so I can clamp the whole thing to the bench.
Then with a template guide mounted on your router base and a 8 degree dovetail bit installed and adjusted for the depth of the template plus 3/16 to 1/4” for th depth of the recess, rout the recess in the bottom of the blank. You can now mount it directly to the chuck jaws and it will be a lot more stable than the screw mount. I usually do this on the side of the blank that I intend tol be the inside of the bowl. Then I completely finish turning the bottom (including sanding). creating a new chuck recess in the bottom in the process. Now you just have to flip the blank around and finish turning the inside. I make several circle templates for various size bowls an chuck jaws.

Next. If you want to eliminate the “chipping” of the edges of a Square turning you should glue 1/4” scrap pieces of a soft wood the width of the blank to all four of the edges of the blank. Now the edges of your blank are protected from chipping out and when you are done you can saw or plane and sand of the scrap pieces.

In this piece you commented on the rough finish and had to use 80 grit sand paper. Did you try using a very sharp scraper with the bowl turning at fairly high speed (1500 rpm or more). That usually removes the tearing and
If you have trouble with my explanations feel free to contact directly.

-- Les B, Oregon

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