spalted maple bowl - first time using a lathe

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Project by jamsomito posted 09-28-2018 02:47 PM 1021 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Took a class at my local woodcraft last night and turned my first bowl with my first time on a lathe. I hack around with tools in my workshop frequently, but my wife has never done any woodworking before and we came home with these nice spalted maple bowls. She did better than me LOL. Hers is on the left.

I couldn’t quite figure out the gouge angles to make the bowl shape so mine got a little small because I just kept taking off more material. By the end I got pretty good at it since the angles are very important for the inside carving. It was a fun time. Now I need to add a lathe to my long list of needed tools.

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#1 posted 09-28-2018 08:26 PM

I used to turn every day that I worked, but I turned the same darn thing each time. I used to make these 6 times a day, sometimes more. You can fast forward to around 8 minutes 50 seconds. We used to use Port Orford Cedar, Man that stuff was easy to turn.

I had never turned a bowl, so a few years ago I went to a class too, and turned a green bowl. It was a very nice time. I have a LOT of Honey Do’s left from when I was still working, so I’m going to hold off getting a lathe because I understand they can become very addictive, to the point you might consider selling all your other tools, well except the ones you need to get turning stock ready to go.

I think you both did well for first time turnings. Nice wood stock too. Sand those till they shine, and a nice natural finish will make them nice display pieces, and a good story to tell.

Thanks for posting.

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