It's a bowl!

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Project by Maxx posted 10-21-2010 03:19 AM 1576 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Okay – if you knew my wife, you’d understand why this is a big deal. She loves bowls. Yeah, I know…but what are ya’ gonna do? I got some spalted maple blanks and this is the first turning that came out pretty much as I had planned. I’m still new at this and I’m making tools and using tools and experimenting. I haven’t destroyed too much wood…yet. But this little bowl brough a squeak of delight from my wife and earned me some serious spouse points! Finished it with natural stain and polyurethane. If you have any tips on how to use the lathe – I’m listening! I love being a woodworking student. Thanks for taking a look.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 04:21 AM

If you are earning spouse points, what can I add? Looks great – could have fooled me that you are new at this!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 05:09 AM

Two beautiful pieces, very nice work.

-- Tom D

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 12:13 PM

No its not a bowl, It’s a real nice bowl. Spouse Points are a good thing. I have to keep my get out of jail points with Blondie high as I tend to use them on big quantities. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 12:28 PM

good looking bowl… only advice I can give it watch a lot of bowl turning videos on youtube and pay attention to what tools they are using when, and how they are holding the tool against the piece. I’ve learned a ton just by watching videos.

-- San Diego, CA

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 02:12 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 06:03 PM

That is a beautiful piece! great job! I am also a rookie when it comes to bowls and I remember watching a video where the guy said that one rule of thumb with bowls is that the thickness of the wall must be 1/10 the size of the bowl’s diameter, because it will give the wood the chance to dry and deform without cracking… so if the bowl is 5” of diameter the wall has to be 1/2 ”. is this true????

-- "Does this lathe makes my butt look big?"

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 08:36 PM

Josh – thanks. And I have no idea…but I’ll try to find out. That would be a good thing to know.

-- Where did all this sawdust come from?

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#8 posted 10-22-2010 02:22 PM

The 1/10 rule is for rough turning a wet bowl. Leaving a heavy wall thickness will allow the bowl to dry faster and hopefully not crack….. But it will most likely warp. Because of the heavy wall ( 10% rule) you will be able to return it to the lathe and finish the bowl to your desired thickness, making it round again….

Hope this is of help to the question above…......... By the way…that is a nice looking piece of wood. and if you wife likes it, it was a success…..... keep the chips flying.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#9 posted 10-26-2010 01:24 AM

This bowl reminds me of what are called confetti candle holders. I like this one a bunch as well.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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