My first natural edge bowl

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Project by ldl posted 01-06-2013 03:57 AM 1460 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first large bowl I have turned. This is the other half of the log section that blew up with me. I wanted to do a natural edge for my first one and it turned out pretty good. I put a tenon on it and I think the 3” jaws that came with the new titan chuck was just to small for this size blank as it sheared off while roughing in the side. I was only turning about 200 RPM so it didn’t go anywhere. I am going to order a 100mm or 130mm jaws soon before I try a big bowl again.

The blank is cherry

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#1 posted 01-06-2013 04:14 AM

Thats an awesome bowl one day I will try that great job!

-- Bill, Quitman, Georgia

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#2 posted 01-06-2013 05:00 AM

What turning tool do you use to cut away the inside? I’m learning, but still don’t know all the tools, or when to use which one. I assume you cut the outside first, made the tenon for the chuck, than cut the inside. Thanks for a response if you follow up.

-- Lacy Lane Studio

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#4 posted 01-06-2013 12:39 PM

Thanks for the comments

Bill hang in there but be careful as you go up in size the importance of safety equipment goes up also. Don’t ask me how I know. Haaa Haaa

Lacy right now I have a set of 1980ish Craftsman tools which didn’t have any bowl gouges. It had all spindel gouges. I also have a couple of Capt Eddies carbide cutters consisting of a round and square set. I also have a 1” x 3/8” & 3/4” x 3/8” left side bowl scrapers. I too am just learning and beginning to buy some better tools. I am in the process of building a wolverine set up for sharpening the chisels and am going to have to get a grinder as my little 6” grinder with 3/8 wheels is grossly inadequate for this purpose. These days my wanter is a whole lot bigger than my getter so having to build up my tools slowly. I have a 1/4”, 3/8” & 1/2” Sorby bowl gouges & a 1” oval Skew ordered which should be here by Wed or Thur.

I mounted the blank on a chuck screw and brought up the tail stock for support. I turned the outside then mounted it on a 6” faceplate and turned the inside. I am not set up yet to remount a bowl and finish the bottom for large bowls so I haven’t finished the bottom yet except for sanding with ROS. I haven’t finished it yet as I am waiting to see if it will dry any more. The tree was cut down in Nov of last year and has been in my shop since. No water slung out as I turned so it was partially dry when I turned it.

That pretty much covers it I think. I have a post in the turning forum where the other side of the log this blank came from blew up with me and hit my cheek. I had raised my shield to check something and forgot to put it back down. Never though much about turning being dangerous as I had never turned anything but small spindles such as candle sticks and small bowls. I now recommenced from experience that a face shield is a necessity for turning especially anything large.

Sorry for being long winded.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 03:57 PM

Nice job , on my to do list for sure.

-- Dubb , WV

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