First Bowl

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Project by dirtylantz posted 03-07-2012 03:35 PM 1125 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first bowl, other than the practice bowl that I made out of laminated plywood. Not sure what kind of wood it is. Just a random board that I had laying around the shop. Sanded to 600 with three coats of shellac. It was a request from the wife to put her ponies and bobby pins in. Turned out pretty nice…....and then I started thinking….the bottom of this could really be a lot smoother. (I don’t have a chuck so I turned it on a paper joint and “smoothed”it out with my Dremel when it was done.) So I decided to make a jam chuck and turn the bottom of it. Jam fit in nicely, turned it on and it didn’t wobble, as soon as the chisel touched the bottom, the bowl flew off and hit the base of the lathe. Chip in the rim, gash on the side, shame in my heart, and a severely aggrevated wife. Next time i will leave well enough alone. I did some repairs last night. Sanded the chipout smooth and put another coat of shellac over it.

-- "If one man can do it, another man can"

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 05:21 PM

Hard way to learn but the bowl looks good.
You might have used the tail stock to hold the bowl against the jam chuck. Just put a small piece of wood between the point on the tail stock and the base of the bowl to prevent the point from leaving a mark. That small area in the center can be hand sanded later.
Chucks are expensive but if you expect to turn very many bowl they are invaluable and good for other projects too.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 03-08-2012 12:00 AM

That’s a fine looking bowl

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 03-08-2012 03:39 AM

Nice bowl. To bad about the chip. Lesson learned for the next bowl I guess. I like the finish and the grain pattern.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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