My second turned bowl

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Project by twItCHer731 posted 08-04-2013 01:22 AM 1136 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK my second go at turning. the tennon i think its called, will stay on until I feel comfortable with my skills enough to remove it, trying to take that off with a jam chuck is how I cracked my first bowl. No idea what kind of wood this is, just a chunk my mother in law sent over with the lathe. Gouges started to dull, or possibly just the grain style on the inside, got rough turning, and checked out pretty bad, and honestly I spent a couple hours on this already, did not want to spend 2 more just to sand the inside better. Inside is not perfect, but I think this bowl turned out better than the first one. Finished with howards feed and wax(beeswax and orange oil).

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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#1 posted 08-04-2013 01:57 AM

You are off to a good start. The lathe is a wonderful tool, but it does take practice, the more you use it, the better you will get. Good beginning.

For some great turning videos go to YouTube and search Captain Eddie Castelin, Carl Jacobson, Mike Waldt and a bunch of others – you will get some great videos and instructions on YouTube. Good luck.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#2 posted 08-04-2013 04:05 AM

A beautiful piece of wood and great turning for a second time…your doing great.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 08-04-2013 11:36 AM

Not bad for a second attempt, but if you was to put a little more time and effort in this piece, it would be considered beautiful.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#4 posted 08-04-2013 01:09 PM

I like it!! I also liked your first one too…
It will take time to learn the tricks of the lathe, I do not own one, I would love to have one!! Maybe someday!
Nice work, I think this might be some kind of Walnut, like Walnut burl?? not really sure though.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 08-05-2013 04:51 AM

Rockbuster, what do you suggest? Im winging it here trying to figure out what to do, so any point in the right direction would be great, thanks.

Thanks for all the comments and encouragement.

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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#6 posted 08-06-2013 02:50 AM

So I did actually chuck this back up and spend about 3 more hours sanding on it, and now it looks much better, not near so distracting without the tooling marks in the bottom of it.

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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#7 posted 08-06-2013 08:39 PM

Okay, from now on you can refer to me as My Wife’s Mom, or Mom, or by my buddy name, or something. Natalie, anything but Mother-in-law. That name is the brunt of a lot of very funny jokes, and many which probably apply to me, but lets not talk about that.

About the bowl: It’s gorgeous and now I am jealous that I gave away that chunk of wood, and overjoyed that someone finally did something wonderful with it!

Lets get together and talk about how you did the 3 hours of sanding. It shouldn’t take that long to get a good result. I suspect that because this is Redwood Burl, you were seeing that the “pith” in between grain was rough. The solution to that was to add oil or wax or some kind of food safe finish to the sanding process from the beginning. That is my best guess at this point. Don’t get discouraged by the time it took. I think there are ways to have sped up the sanding process significantly. If my first idea isn’t right, I know there is a way.

Knowing that this is Redwood Burl, does anyone concur or have another idea. Would you say that it should have been a lot less time to accomplish a good finish?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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#8 posted 08-06-2013 08:57 PM

I concur, 3 hrs on sanding is a bit excessive.

Adding some sort of finishing product will cut down on the softer grain between rings fuzzing up.

Learn how to sharpen your tools!! Sharp tools are the best way to cut down on sanding and ribbons, shavings and curlies are much easier to contend with than fine sanding dust.

I sharpen before each turning session and sometimes often during the session. depending on material turned and speed of turning. Think about need to sharpen in terms of inches cut per sharpening. That bowl spinning at 700 or 1000 RPM is more like cutting yardage instead of cutting inches.

By the way, great shape and great looking timber. You’re well on your way if this is only your second bowl.

Other methods of removing the tenon.

A block plane or bench chisel can be used to pare away at the tenon. A sharp back saw may make this even easier if there’s enough material for the saw to get a decent kerf.

Other options. Cole Jaws or “Jumbo Jaws” rather than a jam chuck.

Turn away most of the tenon using the jam chuck and finish off with hand tools. There are lots of options for removing the tenon.

-- - Terry

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#9 posted 08-06-2013 09:15 PM

If this is you only second turning ever, that is pretty good. What you call a “tennon” is actually the foot and you need to be mindful of what kind of chuck you have to know if it needs straight side or dovetailed side.

If you are doing alot of sanding you need either sharper tools or you are hesitent of useing what you have. By this I mean you are a beginner and alittle afraid of getting a catch and breaking the bowl or it coming out of the chuck.

Just remember it was going to be firewood before and if you do not like it use it as firewood now. Never accept second best. If you are a true beginner I would do some spindle turning first to learn how to do all the tools and what they do best.


-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#10 posted 08-06-2013 10:56 PM

Mom, the bowl is for you anyways so you can enjoy it at your house, I wouldn’t mind talking with you about some better sanding techniques, yesterday at work i cut a piece of urethane, so that i would have a firm, but rubber object to be able sand a bit more comfortably with and not burn the tips of my fingers, and it definitely helped. Glad to know what kind of wood it is, dry looked like redwood and it was light weight like redwood, but after it was finished a lot of people were thinking it might be walnut. I understand what you mean about the pith, tho most of what i did end up sanding out was just rough tool marks.

Terry, Jumbo jaws are what i ended up using to take the foot off, and i did sharpen the tools before i used them, but not good enough apparently, i have no means to sharpen them at home, i have to take them to work to sharpen them. The outside turned much better with the sharp tools than the inside did after they started to dull, they left decent sized gouges in the wood. Tried a jam chuck on the first bowl because of how brittle it was, but it ended up breaking out anyways so lesson learned. The bowl sanded easier after having sat over night with oil on it, vs the first time i had it chucked up. it had pretty deep gouges in it, and just starting out in woodworking my tools and consumable resources are very limited, IE: using and reusing old sandpaper, thats already been used and reused haha. I don’t mind how long it took, i am satisfied with what it became from what it started out as, but hopefully as i gain more experience and put in more time i will learn some tips and tricks.

Arlin, yes i definitely and very cautious and afraid of catching and breaking something, since that is how i broke my first bowl haha, especially due to the fact this was a piece of nice wood, compared to the other “junk” wood i have sitting around with that i should of been practicing on. Really only turning bowls to start with due to wood i have available to me, do not really have any spindle type wood on hand right now.

-- Today is the tomorrow they promised us yesterday.

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#11 posted 08-06-2013 11:19 PM

Yeah, sandpaper is like all other wood working tools, it needs to be sharp to be effective. Rubbing used sandpaper over a project on the lathe does nothing but get your hand warm and muddy up the finish.

Once you get the hang of sharpening, you will find much less use for sand paper (except maybe as a sharpening aide).

As I stated before, great result for your second attempt. You and Mom should both be proud of it.

-- - Terry

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#12 posted 08-07-2013 04:16 AM

Thanks guys for the feedback for Devon. I haven’t done much turning over the course of my woodworking career, so I can’t give Devon the kind of feedback he can really benefit from. I knew he would get all the help he needed here.

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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