2nd Bowl

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Project by davidmackv posted 02-20-2014 10:19 PM 1317 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went ahead and tried a 2nd one. I have to get a bowl gouge or get my spindle ground correctly. I gave up on the inside after my tool caught several times.

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#1 posted 02-20-2014 11:25 PM

Good job. Those catches are from not watching the corner of your gouge. We all did the same thing starting out. I hated a bowl gouge until I changed the grind then it worked fine.

-- Tommy,

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#2 posted 02-20-2014 11:35 PM

I don’t have a bowl gouge. That is my spindle gouge catching.

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 12:04 AM

If you get a gouge, I recommend that you put a fingernail grind on it. This is also known as an Ellsworth grind, made popular by nationally know turner David Ellsworth. I use this grind as it also can be used as a scraper and a skew. 90 percent of my work is done with this gouge.

everyone starting out will have catches, just try to ride the bevel. Good luck and keep turning

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 12:54 AM

Great turning !!!I use a scraper a lot too when I get catches in side a bowl to get things smoothed out. Great turning !!!Keep turning and trying different tools.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 01:05 AM

You did well. You included some shaping instead of just a plain bowl.
Those guys are correct but another cause of catches is the fact you are turning end grain.

I know you are just starting to acquire turning tools but a great one for bowls is the Munro Hollowing tools. If you do an internet search you will find info on it. It’s made in Australia. It is expensive but worth it. It is nearly impossible to get a catch with this tool and it safely removes wood faster than anything I have seen. A couple of other tool makers (Sorby is one) have similar tools and they might be a little less expensive. Some people prefer the Sorby because the depth of cut adjustments are easier to make.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 01:37 AM

Thanks for the comments.

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 03:22 AM

Nice turning. Nothing like a few catches to keep you going. You will have it down in no time.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 05:19 PM

I think it’s because when you are doing really little ones with a normal tool rest perpendicular to the bowl face, you have to get that gouge to stick out way past the tool rest and the fulcrum point is all wacky, and you have less control. if you can get that tool rest into the bowl and get the fulcrum of the gouge real close you get less bad catches because you are stronger up near the tip of the gouge.

try a shallow about 5” dia bowl. it will be easier to practice the bottom cause you can get to it.

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 05:26 PM

I want to try a larger bowl. The reason I made the small bowls is for sentimental reasons. There is a story behind both of these bowls I guess I should share. My father in law passed away 3 years ago and my mother in law passed away 2 years ago. We inherited half their property and bought my sister in law out on the other half. My father in law was a heavy equipment mechanic and he had a shop in his back yard that is 60X40 with 20 foot ceiling. Well that building is now my wood shop. I made the bowls out of a block of wood he used to set equipment on to keep off the floor so he could use a fork truck to lift it. I gave the bowls to my wife and daughter.

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#10 posted 02-21-2014 11:00 PM

Good story, i have some projects from my grandfathers tree. Which reminds me, just mount the wood the other way and have the end grain running from side to side instead of running down the middle like a spindle turning.

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#11 posted 02-22-2014 01:41 AM

Very Nice Work indeed David! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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