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post #1 of 10 Old 12-21-2011, 10:02 AM Thread Starter
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Figured Maple Bowl

Turned out another bowl, its Figured Maple, 8.25 x 2.5 inches.
Walls are a skoosh over 3/16".
Simple Walnut Oil and beeswax finish.

Already had a funnel from last time so I figured I needed a bowl for the funneling into!

Tough part was getting the bottom flat, only having a 1/2" round nose scraper took a lot of time getting it flat. Hope Santa leaves a flat nose scraper under the tree.

As always appreciate all tips and suggestions.

Have a Merry Christmas
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-21-2011, 10:35 AM
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Nice job on the bowl. Only critique would be the foot is a little small in diameter and a little too tall for a bowl this size, but that just may be my preferences showing.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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really nice looking.i have to agree with steve on the foot.
as far as getting the bottom flat someone here told me to get your tool rest paralell with your piece then hold your tool tight between your fingers at the tool rest and move it back and forth to get a flat surface
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You don't need a flats scraper. Use your tool rest as a guide. Hold the scraper so your left hand rides against the tool rest. Then just pull the scraper back and forth along the rest with your fingers rubbing the rest. that will get it pretty flat. Flat scrapers can dig in with the corners and not leave a good finish either.
My preferred tool for finishing flat bottoms is the Hunter #4 used in a bevel rubbing mode and cutting from the center out. It does take a fair amount of control to do this but man is it clean when I get it right.
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You don't need a flats scraper. Use your tool rest as a guide. Hold the scraper so your left hand rides against the tool rest. Then just pull the scraper back and forth along the rest with your fingers rubbing the rest. that will get it pretty flat. Flat scrapers can dig in with the corners and not leave a good finish either.
My preferred tool for finishing flat bottoms is the Hunter #4 used in a bevel rubbing mode and cutting from the center out. It does take a fair amount of control to do this but man is it clean when I get it right.
yes it was you John who told me how to do it(i had forgotten who)
and you say it so much better than i did
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Looks good Marshall,
nice piece of maple. I probably have more maple bowls sitting around. Never know what you are going to get with it.
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Thanks everyone for the replies.

Steve, what would suggest for a foot size diameter on this size of bowl?

After looking at it for a while I agree I left the foot a bit too tall, Ah well, I needed something to work on next time.

When I was working on the bottom I was using the toolrest as a reference point but I guess my grip on the scraper wasn't as solid as needed. More practice needed there too.
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Woody,
on a bowl of that profile, I would probably eliminate the foot alltogether. Either recess it and add some decorative grooves or a small beaded ring or two. This bowl is what I call a usable bowl. If you are going to fill it up with fresh fruit or candy, you want it to be very stable. If you want to leave a foot, shorten it up and make it about 1/3 of the bowl diameter. For a bowl that is an art piece that is going on a shelf, a smaller foot is ok. But the sides of the bowl normally have a continuous curve that carries right through the bottom as if the foot wasn't their.
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My suggestion is to listen to what Mike said.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Thanks for the suggestions, Mike. They will help with my future bowls as I begin to learn how to turn them so they are functional and appealing.
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