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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 12-01-2020 11:08 PM 824 views 0 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got a lathe a while back, and a new chuck for it last week. I also had an 8/4×8 x 8 chunk of ash that had a knot on one end so I didn’t want to use it for anything else. In between cutting and gluing up bookcases, I played with the lathe a bit and came up with this bowl.

It’s rough, and there are a couple catches as I was teaching myself to use a skew, but I’m pretty proud of it for a first effort.

Finished with a couple coats of shellac, and that’s it.

Update: I took a rat-tail file and scalloped the rim to hide the spots where I didn’t get a great finish off the lathe. I like it a lot better now.

-- Dave - Santa Fe





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oldrivers

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#1 posted 12-01-2020 11:12 PM

First time great result, you should be happy with that.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 12-01-2020 11:13 PM

You should be proud of it Dave. The wood pattern in the bowl is eye catching. Now you have a tailed demon that is going to slow your bookcase project ;-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#3 posted 12-01-2020 11:34 PM

Great looking bowl Dave

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#4 posted 12-01-2020 11:34 PM

Thanks, guys. Yeah, the knot that made the piece of ash bad for legs for something made it eye-catching for a turned bowl.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#5 posted 12-02-2020 12:16 AM

Great work Dave. That lathe will give you a whole bunch of new skills. That is a beautiful piece. Hope to see more of your turnings. You sure do catch on fast.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#6 posted 12-02-2020 12:54 AM

damn dave ive been wanting to try bowls forever,i just ordered some gouges to turn some and you beat me too it.well let me say i hope my first bowl is half as good buddy.nice turning.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 12-02-2020 12:54 AM

so where are the Jatz cheddar and continental salamis please?

-- Regards Rob

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#8 posted 12-02-2020 01:02 AM



so where are the Jatz cheddar and continental salamis please?

- robscastle


wow i guess you assumed dave invited you to his party?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 12-02-2020 02:41 AM

Thanks, Vernon. It’s definitely something new to learn.

Pottz, this was almost exclusively a bowl gouge and a skew. I used a roughing gouge to knock the corners off, but the bowl gouge can do that, too. I’ve still got a lot to learn about how to drive the skew, but I’m learning…

Sorry, Rob. Ate them all, I was hungry.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 12-02-2020 02:57 AM



Thanks, Vernon. It’s definitely something new to learn.

Pottz, this was almost exclusively a bowl gouge and a skew. I used a roughing gouge to knock the corners off, but the bowl gouge can do that, too. I’ve still got a lot to learn about how to drive the skew, but I’m learning…

Sorry, Rob. Ate them all, I was hungry.

- Dave Polaschek


yeah ive been wanting to move up to bowls for a long time.bowl gouges are on the way.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#11 posted 12-02-2020 02:58 AM

Bowls are fun and can get very addictive, well actually lathes are just money pits! Nice first bowl:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 12-02-2020 03:03 AM

I’m trying very hard to do as much with the skew as I can, Pottz. I figure it’s the easiest turning tool to sharpen, and heck, I can probably make one for myself once I get my forge up and running.

Thanks, Andre. I was thinking my first bowl would be a carved one, but then I had this scrap handy and a new lathe to try out…

Amazing how such a small bowl can make enough bits of wood to almost fill a 5 gallon bucket.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 12-02-2020 03:15 AM



I’m trying very hard to do as much with the skew as I can, Pottz. I figure it’s the easiest turning tool to sharpen, and heck, I can probably make one for myself once I get my forge up and running.

Thanks, Andre. I was thinking my first bowl would be a carved one, but then I had this scrap handy and a new lathe to try out…

Amazing how such a small bowl can make enough bits of wood to almost fill a 5 gallon bucket.

- Dave Polaschek


oh hey i just turned 16 pepper grinders and i made enough shavings to easily fill a 5 gallon bucket,or more!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#14 posted 12-02-2020 04:01 AM

Nice result on a first attempt. Some really cool grain on that.

But here’s the thing. The rule of thumb is: Don’t use spindle tools when turning bowls. Skews, roughing gouges and the spindle gouges that are made from a piece of flat bar and forged into a gouge (AKA continental spindle gouge) are not safe to use when turning end grain. The tang for these types of tools is not considered strong enough to handle a bad catch when turning with the end grain oriented at a right angle to the axis of spin. Seriously bad things can happen. I am sure that there are some expert turners out there that can do it safely but for the rest of us it should be avoided. I made this mistake with a roughing gouge and got lucky. It only bent the tool in half without serious injury. It did scare the bejesus out of me. And a skew is tough enough to learn on a spindle. It sent shivers up my spine when you said you got a catch with the skew while turning this bowl. About the only time I will use a skew when turning a bowl is as a negative rake scraper. Scrapers in general are okay but you need to make sure that you tilt the tip downward. Otherwise spindle tools should only be used with the end grain at then ends (e.g.; spindle turning). Note that there are some spindle gouges that are made from round bar that are okay to use for end grain turning. Plus, a bowl gouge is just so much easier to use for end grain turning, once you get the hang of it.

Ok. Off my soap box.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#15 posted 12-02-2020 04:27 AM

sorry for the weird reply, but not being into turning I guess it like an outsider asking about riding the billy goat.

It is really a nice bowl especially as its the first one, and I hope it will fit into the traveling gear next trip

-- Regards Rob

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