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post #1 of 14 Old 05-24-2011, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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This is addicting for sure.

This was my 3rd bowl. it started out a good bit larger but after a few catches it shrunk right before my eyes, as I attempted to fix it.
This is another oak and it appears to have some spalting.

Once these bowls dry and I do the final turning what finish options do I have?

I have a few rough edges but I had so many catches and stuff that I figured I would fix it on the final turning. I'm getting my white wheel for the grinder and the wolvering sharpening system tomorrow as long as they have it in stock locally otherwise I'm ordering it tomorrow.
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post #2 of 14 Old 05-24-2011, 04:13 PM
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Looks good Richard. But what good is an empty bowl?

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For your first few bowls you'll probably go through a lot of 60 or 80 grit sandpaper to clear away the rough spots left by tearout. After that it's a simple progression to finer and finer grits, I usually go down to 400 or 600 then do a once over with some steel wool. From there I will either put on some sanding sealer or friction polish, and then a few coats of wipe on poly until it's as smooth as I want it to be.

For taking the tenon off the bottom you may want to build a donut chuck, there are plenty of examples around the internet, or if you are handy with a router a longworth chuck is another option.

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ditto on the addicting part ...

I turned a couple of pieces of a wild cherry log this weekend, but had a little "ooops" taking the tenon off the foot of one. I was using the "jumbo flat jaws" that came with my Penn State utility chuck -- hit a section of punky wood in the tenon and got a catch that caused the lip of the bowl to break and a piece went flying.

The idea of a doughnut chuck grows more appealing!

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Looking great for your first few. Try and find some cherry to turn...very forgiving.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Nice man, looks really good. I've yet to try and turn a bowl on the lathe. I've made about 4 table legs for a shaker table I'm making in tech. They came out nice so far.

Side tracked there.. They look really nice. Typically what I see people do is using a WOP (Wipe on Polly). You can apply it while it's still in the chuck of the lathe, or after you take it out of course. The options for finishing it are limitless I suppose.
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Rich,
If you are getting catches, the simplest explanation is you are not presenting the tool at the proper angle. Bowl gouges are somewhat forgiving, to a point. If the tools are dull it will also cause you to press much harder on the tool. If you haven't had your tools really sharp, be careful when you do. You'll be amazed at how much better and easier they cut. Bowls look like a simple shape but are actually very complex to turn and have them turn out like you planned.
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oak is real coarse grain and cherry is great for turning like sawdust said
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If you are getting catches, the simplest explanation is you are not presenting the tool at the proper angle. Bowl gouges are somewhat forgiving, to a point. If the tools are dull it will also cause you to press much harder on the tool. If you haven't had your tools really sharp, be careful when you do. You'll be amazed at how much better and easier they cut. Bowls look like a simple shape but are actually very complex to turn and have them turn out like you planned.
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Mike I'm sure it is a little bit of both causing the catches. This is the 3rd bowl besides the piece of pecan I tried to turn which was pretty bad wood. It was cut like 1 1/2 years ago. It was hard in spots yet bug filled and soft in other spots. I can tell the gouge is getting a little dull especially since it was sharpened when I got it.

I bet the smaller lathe has a part in it also. Not as much room to move you tools around.
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I'm waiting for my new lathe and then I'm going to try and turn a small dish or shallow bowl out of some Ancient Kauri I have. I'm also going to talk to my neighbor that has a tree service so I can get some turning stock.
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This was my 3rd bowl. it started out a good bit larger but after a few catches it shrunk right before my eyes, as I attempted to fix it.
This is another oak and it appears to have some spalting.

Once these bowls dry and I do the final turning what finish options do I have?

I have a few rough edges but I had so many catches and stuff that I figured I would fix it on the final turning. I'm getting my white wheel for the grinder and the wolvering sharpening system tomorrow as long as they have it in stock locally otherwise I'm ordering it tomorrow.
Dang man, those look great! I love spalted wood and that's a nice use!

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Looking good so far!

Since I received my lathe last Christmas, I've let ALL my other projects lapse!

The best advice I got when asking as a novice turner was, "turn 100 bowls".

I thought they was playin' me...

It does get easier as you learn, and you'll find some woods are much more forgiving than others.

It's interesting to compare my very early turnings to more recent efforts.

Apologize to your spouse now, rather than in six months when you realize that you've been standing over the tool the whole time!

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...as for finishes, anything you use for other wood projects will suffice.
You'll find your favorites.

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Looking good so far!



The best advice I got when asking as a novice turner was, "turn 100 bowls".


That was the advice I got also. I have several boxes of roughed bowls in the shop now after all that practice!
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Another nice bowl. Be sure to seal the endgrain so it will not crack. Oak is bad about that.
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