Bowl 2

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Project by djdwood posted 03-24-2014 09:33 PM 967 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just got a lathe and here is my second attempt at a bowl. The wood is cherry and it is approximately 6” wide and 2.75” tall. It is finished with some mineral oil and paraffin wax. There were some issues with the bowl (I left the base thick because I thought it would add some nice weight to the bottom, but it just looks silly; and there was a little bit of tearout on the lower inside wall that I missed while doing the final scraping and sanding and didn’t notice until it was finished and I had turned the foot so I can’t really re-chuck the bowl and scrape/sand it one more time). But other than those, I am pretty happy with the result. I hope that the bowls keep turning faster and better.

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 12:54 AM

Nice bowl, keep on turning them out.

-- John, South Dakota

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 05:30 PM

Great start to turning.
Those tear outs will surprise you sometimes but only other woodworkers will notice the little ones.
I know a lot of people like to turn with a spigot type mounting foot (as you apparently did) but I prefer to use a recessed grip. I usually start by using my router with a dovetail bit to cut recess in what will be the top of my blank. I use a circle template made of 1/2” or 3/4” plywood and of the appropriate size for the chuck jaws I’m using and with a template guide on the router. The template board needs to be long enough to allow for clamping without interfering with the router. I have 3 different size circles cut in the same template board.
This allows me to turn the entire bottom of the bowl (completely, including the sanding) and in the process I create a new recess in the bottom so I can remount it and turn the top side. The recess in the bottom is left and I often decorate the center of it with bead type rings or just V grooves. You only need about 3/8” wide space for the chuck jaws to fit into at the perimeter of the recess so the middle can be decorative.
There will be people who feel that a recessed grip is not as strong but having used it hundreds of times including bowl up to 18” in diameter and 6” deep. Only on rare occasions with soft wood I have had the work pop out of the recess grip.
Having the recess left in the bottom allows for repeated remounting to sand between coats, polish, or as in your situation clean up missed tear out. I have even mounted bowls I made in years past that just needed to be refinished.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 07:33 PM

Thanks for the idea about using a circle template and the router, I had never considered doing it that way. I did use a circular mortise for this bowl, but I used the lathe to cut it and then turned the bowl around. The wood I used was a rough cut bowl blank (and I don’t own a jointer) so I’m not sure how well the router would have worked for this project, but I’ll give the router trick a try next time I use surfaced lumber for a bowl.

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 01:44 PM

Beautiful bowl, like the shape and the cherry is gorgeous. Well done!

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