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This is the second bowl I ever turned. It is spalted ambrosia maple from the same log as my first bowl. I turned the outside between centers ( I don't have a chuck ) and started on the inside. That's when I started having problems. It's kind of hard to cut it out with the tailstock in the way. Duh! So I took it to a fellow club members house for advice. He put it on his lathe and helped me finish it.
I gave it to a friend at work who is also a mechanic there. He made me a tool rest in trade.
It measures about 5 inches wide by 6 inches tall and is finished with spray lacquer.

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Very nice bowl. Great trade for a tool rest!
 

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Looks good Ron. I have an idea, before you turn the inside out it on a faceplate or glue the bowl to a waste block. Don't know if that would help you out or not but just an idea.
 

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That is a great looking bowl, Ron! You did a great job and I am sure that your friend will appreciate it for a loooong time. That wood is simply beautiful.
 

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The grain on the bowl makes it really appealing. Sometimes it is tough to turn without a chuck, I am glad that your fellow club member could help you out.
 

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Looks great, also nice grain in the wood. Thanks for the post.
 

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Thanks to everyone for the comments. ADAM, I'm one step ahead of you. I got a book from the club that shows how to turn a bowl using a face plate and a donut chuck for the bottom. That's my next project whenever I get some "me" time. LOL
 

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Nice bowl!

I turn large, 10"-15" bowls on the outside of my headstock (i.e. I can only use a faceplate as there is no tailstock). I mount the bowls topside on my 8" faceplate, turn a relatively deep (~1.5") tenon on the bottom, and shape the outside of the bowl. Then I turn the bowl around and mount it on the faceplate such that the bolts are as close together as possible so that I can remove as much of the tenon as possible, and finish the bowl. I then carefully chisel off the tenon and sand the bottom smooth. You could do something similar.

Or you could ask Santa for a chuck… That's what I'd do!
 

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Love it! A chuck is a huge time saver. Keep an eye on ebay. ;)
 
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