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post #1 of 29 Old 03-13-2009, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
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First Bowl

Hey folks. Here's my first bowl! It was a lot more work than the tops and the pens. It's about 7" diameter, 4" tall and 3 1/2" deep. It's made from a 1x8 oak board that was chopped up and glued together with each piece turned 90 degrees. That turn made a nice grain pattern. You can see in the two pictures, that when you turn the bowl, the bands alternate light and dark. The walls are a little thick at 3/8", but I started getting nervous, and I don't have the right tools for a bowl. I was having a horrible time getting the inside of the walls squared up, so I ended up easing the parting tool in all the way from the top to the bottom to square it, then rounded the inside bottom corner a bit with a spindle gouge.

What tools are recommended for bowls?





I rubbed it down with teak oil a few times. I think when that fully cures, I'll wax it with some orange wax.

Here's the inside.



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The bowl looks great, I think I'll try that with the alternating boards.
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good looking bowl

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Nice bowl. A bowl gouge might be in your future. Maybe a heavy side scraper also. Using a spindle gouge down off in there could be a little dangerous.

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Ditto on what Slatron said,
Get yourself a decent bowl gouge. Don't use a spindle gouge inside a bowl. Good chance for an big catch.
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First bowl

Ditto on all.Very nice looking piece,but You should have a bowl gouge (good one) as they are heavier flute and far less likely to snap if you get a big catch.
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Very nice for a first bowl!! I haven't gotten that far yet. Might take a class tomorrow.

I like the alternating grain that was created by rotating the boards with each level. I will have to try that with some of the cutoffs in my shop.

Very nice though.....

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Very nice bowl. If you look in my photos you can see a few of mine. I have a 3/8 bowl gouge that I use. It has a long handle on it that makes controlling it much easier. I have really gotten into turning bowls. The latest ones I have done are segmented bowls. They are more work to make the blanks but the options are endless.

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The bowl was a lot more turning than anything that I've done yet. Of course, it was a giant chunk of glued wood. If I glued some rings together instead, it might not take so long to shape. Having a bowl gouge would probably help, too.

I'd really like to make cool stuff like a clewes style box.

This site has some really neato box projects. I'm running out of scrap oak, though.... I may have to make a run to the hardwood store again!
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Now that you have your feet wet.....go to "Segmented turning" and start looking at some ideas that will really get you hooked.......You have a very nice start.......keep going.......
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Nice job on your first bowl. like your idea with gluing different wood together.

A nice bowl gouge and a heavy bowl scraper maybe needed in your future. A member of our turning club over extended a 3/8 gouge doing a bowl, broke 2 fingers and receive 10 stitches. please be careful.

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broke 2 fingers and receive 10 stitches
YOWCH!

I had a few catches in there, but, luckily, I wasn't putting much pressure on it, and they didn't hurt. Very light passes for me! I also learned a more proper way of sharpening my tools yesterday, so I think that will help in the future.

I'm gonna have to psych myself up to forking out $60 for a bowl gouge, I guess.

Segmented bowls are was what made me decide to buy a lathe instead of a band saw! I'm not sure I will have the patience to assemble an elaborate segmented bowl, but I will probably glue up random pieces of whatever's around and see what I come up with!
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Segmented bowls are what enticed me to get a lathe also. I think they are so cool. I have to learn the basics first and live through the patience of glue ups.

Might glue up some scraps like you did today and see how it goes.
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Dano, PT, Segmented turning is a lot of fun. The one thing with segmented turning is that you have to have the angles of the miters right or you will end up with gaps in the joints. That is the part that I find most annoying. I bought the Incra 1000SE miter gauge and that helps a lot. The main thing is to have fun with it and let your imagination run.

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I've got some segmented blanks glued up right now for pens, and I can't wait to see how they turn out!

I'll have to work up the patience to wait for glue to dry on a whole bowl!
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I did a thread First Segmented bowl,http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/f...ted-bowl-8336/ I did a step by step at the bottom. It is all about starting where you are comfortable. The first one was 3 rings and the bottom. The second was 4 rings and the bottom. If you buy enough strap clamps you can glue more rings at once. I only have two strap clamps so I can only do two at a time. Like I say though it is a lot of fun.

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AZ,
Did you finish the bottom or just leave the chuck cutout? It looked like you mounted the bottom board directly on the chuck. Is that correct?

Did you just come up with the cut dimensions yourself or use a program?

That segmented bowl is really cool.
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PT, I did finish the bottom of the bowl. I have a set of flat jaws for my chuck. I turned the bowl around on the flat jaws and turned the mounting hole out of it.
I did not use a program. I cut the stock 1 1/2" wide and cut the segments. Each ring needs to be a little longer than the ring before. I start with the smallest ring and work from there. The top ring I made quit a bit bigger than the ring before, that enabled me to to flare it at the top. Here are a couple of pics.
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AZ, Thanks for the pictures.

b00kemdano, How did you finish your bottom?
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Termite! I tried to find that thread a couple weeks ago to show my wife your segmented bowl.... so YOU'RE the one!

I must say that your segmented bowl there is the reason that I opted for the lathe instead of the band saw. I had never considered wood turning before I came to this forum, and your bowl cinched it for me.

PT - The bottom of my bowl is a little thick because it was the first time I used my 4 jaw chuck and my estimate for how wide it would open was wrong. So, there's a large recess that is too big for my chuck, and within that, there's a smaller recess that actually fits the chuck. When I formed the bottom of the bowl, though, I left about 1/8" ring on the outside of the larger recess so the bowl would sit on the ring.

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