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Bowl Making #1: Grants Timber bowl, Life begins

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 06-15-2019 03:55 AM 412 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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While staying at anthm27’s property last week, which is not far from my friend Grant, who lives in Kyogle, who incidentlly was the same person that also supplied all the Camphor Laurel timber I once had.
We milled it together one weekend back in 2011 (I think) and then later somebody has since pinched his Lucas mill, possibly the same type of low life that pinched my sander, however thats another story.

BTW Name dropping is rampant throught this blog so if you not into it stop now instead of reading it all and finding this warning at the end Tee hee
So lets continue,
Anyway on the way home I dropped in to see Grant and he gave me some blocks of timber.

As a sign of gratitude I thought I should make him a bowl from one of the pieces.

This is the raw material he gave me, I think its possibly Yellow Stringy Bark, but for sure its an native australian gum.
Its a bit hard to tell the species with a bit that small but it exibits the worm holes typical and looks like YSB.
The piece is one of four from the various sized pieces.

After preparing aa flat side it was set up thicknessing, so in it went.

It took quite a few passes to get it to a stage of looking nice

Soon it looked like this.

Now I should have stopped there but I didnt, I determined a 10 deg slope would yeild the most amount of wood so I squared and tapered the sides at the same time.(mistake No 1)

Thats the material ready, I didnt bore you with squaring sawing images as I am sure its already a compentency, if you have got this far.

The design and template:-

I checked all the bowls I could find on LJs and decided on a round center with four radiating triangles going out to the edge for the design. The edging was considered but it can wait untill later.

So onto the template:-
I then set it up in the drill press and kissed the inner circle ring in for guidance and then for some reason cut out the center of the inner circle of the ring. (mistake No 2)

I used some common garden variety HDF cut it to size of the bowl blank (mistake no 3) and then drew up a concept layout and cut holes in it for the jig saw..

I would have normally employed Kiefers and or LBD’s method of cutting holesaw holes by drilling sawdust relief holes but here comes method No 2, Using a vortex cooling to keep the saw cool and remove the sawdust at the same time.

I then roughed out the template with a jig saw. all going well this time.

I then tried to set up LBD’s Excellent Sanding Jig on my shaper but found I needed to do some custom modifications for it to work the way I wanted.

The mods involve lengthening of the adjusting slots by 30 mm only.

After that set it up to do a final radius on the outer edge of the ring, including mistake no 2 fix in work!

Working away I completed the task. (got a handle on mistake no 2 yet?)

Next I dismantled everything and set it up for the straight edges.

I was busy working away and suddenly the router bit stopped routing.
Stopped the machine and found it had taken a hike.

So (are you still awake?) ... good OK Plan B kicks in

I set up my trimmer and finished the job

It was a bit more fiddley having to shuffle clamps around but I eventually got there.

the template is finished however I have a chunk out when the bit broke so I will have to stop work and bog it up overnight.

Here it is sitting on the bowl material, you can now see the results of Mistake 1, I dont have any excess material on the Bowl blank or Template to screw to. Oh well I shall have to resort to LBD and Pottzs method of using double sided tape.

-- Regards Rob



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LittleBlackDuck

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#1 posted 06-15-2019 06:20 AM


This is the raw material he gave me….. Its a bit hard to tell the species…..
- robscastle

It’s obvious rc... it’s a GFG...(Gift From Grant)!



That is one bloody neat adaptation of the jig… This picture is going straight to the pool room (OK the SPA area)!

..... the router bit stopped routing…...
..... I set up my trimmer and finished the job….
- robscastle

Hope you didn’t use that same lazy router bit in your trimmer.

..... It was a bit more fiddley having to shuffle clamps around…..
- robscastle

Personally you should take up poker and stick to cards… easier to shuffle!

..... I have a chunk out when the bit broke so I will have to stop work and bog it up overnight….

Did you weld the router bit or just silver solder it?

..... I shall have to resort to LBD and Pottzs method of using double sided tape…..

If you’re not an avid fan of double sided tape, check out this video for an easy(er) way to mount double sided tape… hot off the press… no animals were harmed though there was that blue menagerie hangers on.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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robscastle

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#2 posted 06-15-2019 09:08 AM

I had some carpet tape so I gave that a go
Still didnt trust the stuff so I clamped it as well.
The clamp shuffle contunues.

I was busy routing away and blew a bearing so that was a show stopper for today.

To be continued:- So its out with the electric bike and off to my friendly bearing shop tomorrow.

General Bearing Co Pty Ltd
Bearings & Bushings – Morningside, QLD 4170
2/ 220 Beverley St, Morningside QLD 4170
Phone
(07) 3899 8000
They always come through for me.

And a free plug for No 1 Son https://www.aebikes.com.au/

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 06-15-2019 09:45 AM



..... So its out with the electric bike and off to my friendly bearing shop….
- robscastle

And I thought using my treadmill to get to the fridge was slack!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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