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Project by Brett posted 11-02-2011 07:44 AM 1869 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is it, my first turned bowl on the lathe.

I am new to the lathe so I have a lot to learn. This isn’t the finest show of craftsmanship on the lathe but there is just too much coolness in the wood that I had to show it!

Obviously I won’t be eating my Lucky Charms out of this bowl (hole) but I can drop my keys in it and not have to worry about them falling out… at least not until the wood dries and warps or explodes! ;)

The wood is English Walnut from a limb that I picked up from someone that took the tree down.

Thanks for looking.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#1 posted 11-02-2011 11:20 AM

Interesting grain pattern, my first bowl turned out to be a thick dish. Nice first bowl !!!

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#2 posted 11-02-2011 04:09 PM

Good job on the first. I like the wood with dark and light patterns.

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#3 posted 11-02-2011 04:45 PM

Saying this is your first wood turned bowl, you have done a great job. Walnut is a lovely wood and i think this would make a nice bowl to have in the centre of your table, possibly with some wooden fruit in it.

-- les taylor.

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#4 posted 11-02-2011 05:13 PM

Very nicely done. I have no photos of my first bowl (not nearly as nice, more like cdbridge said, a very thick ugly dish).

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#5 posted 11-03-2011 02:38 AM

Nice grain pattern. Your first piece is wonderful. My first piece could have been a bowl or an ashtray or whatever.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 11-03-2011 08:23 AM

Good work. You’re way ahead of me. Bowl turning has so far eluded me. Beautiful wood, and a handy piece. What else could you want?


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#7 posted 11-03-2011 01:30 PM

It’s really nice and I love the wood.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 11-04-2011 05:23 AM

Very nice piece. I have had a piece of walnut with a grain similar to this for about a year. I’m still waiting for the perfect project to use it on. I might have to look into wood turning??

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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#9 posted 11-04-2011 05:29 AM

Hey, thanks a lot for the words of encouragement. I can’t wait to get some turning skills so I can make some really nice pieces like a lot of you Jocks out there. I really need to figure out the best way to sharpen my tools. I can really see that sharpening is a skill by itself! This turning thing is really fun. It is filling a need for me to make some small and quick projects. Now I “see” why it is soooooo addicting! ;)

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#10 posted 11-04-2011 07:57 PM

Everyone starts some where. You had a very interesting piece of wood to begin with.
One constructive comment. Until your turning skills reach the point you no longer leave tool marks in the wood you need to do a lot more sanding to get them out. Start with 80 (or even 60) grit paper and work you way up to 320 to eliminate the tool lines. That also works for areas of end grain tear out.
You indicated the wood may be “wet” and still drying. One method to speed that up is to put it in the microwave oven. (I suggest getting wife’s permission first). I usually do it when the piece is about 3/4 complete. Heat it until it is quite warm to the touch. The time will vary with the size of the piece. Then enclose it in a brown paper bag to let it cool. The bag helps contain enough of the moisture to reduce any tendency for cracking. It sort of acts as a steam kiln. Repeat until the wood is quite dry then finish turning. If you notice some cracks starting to form between cycles in the oven use Super glue to fill and stop them; the thicker glue works best.
Most of all, have fun.
P.S. Here in the Northwest the Big leaf maple is plentiful and a great wood to turn.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 11-05-2011 12:56 AM

Thanks for the tips Les! I have a lot to learn.

It’s easy to think that, just because I can build other wood projects, I can turn on the lathe. That’s not true… at least for me. I am finding out that turning is a skill and an art all in itself. I can see why so many guys just turn.

I’m not going to set aside all of my other tools for just the lathe but I DO want to be able to turn out some nice pieces.

As far as turning this particular bowl, I wasn’t trying to make a nice finished piece. I was pracitcing, and the piece of wood was going to end up in the wood pile. It was a really wet piece of wood. The wood itself was so unique that I didn’t have the heart to toss it. What I am getting at is sanding. Whew! I turned a large spoon lastnigt and, boy oh boy, did I ever have to sand to make it smooooooth! :) Fortunately the lathe does most of the work for me. I really want to get better with those tools so I don’t have to sand like that all the time.

Thanks again for your help.


-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#12 posted 11-05-2011 06:22 AM

hey dude…looks cool to me… I have never turned anything on a lathe but looks funnnn. Ive always wanted to try to do a salad bowl for my wife… We just got a grizzly lathe from an auction. It is missing a part but we got it for under $100 so should be cool. We have another one at the shop too so I think we can make one out of the two.

-- "thats all I have to say about that..."

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#13 posted 11-19-2011 12:39 AM

You could use this for your lucky charms cereal, just put your finger in the hole and eat till all the cereal is gone then take your finger out and drink up the milk?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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