Bowl #2

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Project by rmoore posted 12-04-2011 04:30 AM 1344 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second bowl I ever turned. It is spalted ambrosia maple from the same log as my first bowl. I turned the outside between centers ( I don’t have a chuck ) and started on the inside. That’s when I started having problems. It’s kind of hard to cut it out with the tailstock in the way. Duh! So I took it to a fellow club members house for advice. He put it on his lathe and helped me finish it. I gave it to a friend at work who is also a mechanic there. He made me a tool rest in trade. It measures about 5 inches wide by 6 inches tall and is finished with spray lacquer.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#1 posted 12-04-2011 04:31 AM

Very nice bowl. Great trade for a tool rest!

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#2 posted 12-04-2011 05:18 AM

Looks good Ron. I have an idea, before you turn the inside out it on a faceplate or glue the bowl to a waste block. Don’t know if that would help you out or not but just an idea.

-- Adam ~ ~ Keep the wood shavings flying ~ Lakeland, Fl

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#3 posted 12-04-2011 08:17 AM

That is a great looking bowl, Ron! You did a great job and I am sure that your friend will appreciate it for a loooong time. That wood is simply beautiful.

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#4 posted 12-04-2011 01:18 PM

The grain on the bowl makes it really appealing. Sometimes it is tough to turn without a chuck, I am glad that your fellow club member could help you out.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 12-04-2011 04:24 PM

Looks great, also nice grain in the wood. Thanks for the post.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#6 posted 12-04-2011 05:36 PM

Nice job on the bowl. Nice shape and wood.

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#7 posted 12-05-2011 05:20 AM

Thanks to everyone for the comments. ADAM, I’m one step ahead of you. I got a book from the club that shows how to turn a bowl using a face plate and a donut chuck for the bottom. That’s my next project whenever I get some “me” time. LOL

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#8 posted 12-05-2011 07:43 AM

Nice bowl!

I turn large, 10”-15” bowls on the outside of my headstock (i.e. I can only use a faceplate as there is no tailstock). I mount the bowls topside on my 8” faceplate, turn a relatively deep (~1.5”) tenon on the bottom, and shape the outside of the bowl. Then I turn the bowl around and mount it on the faceplate such that the bolts are as close together as possible so that I can remove as much of the tenon as possible, and finish the bowl. I then carefully chisel off the tenon and sand the bottom smooth. You could do something similar.

Or you could ask Santa for a chuck… That’s what I’d do!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#9 posted 12-06-2011 12:53 AM

Love it! A chuck is a huge time saver. Keep an eye on ebay. ;)

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