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post #1 of 10 Old 10-20-2011, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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first bowls, silver maple

Whelp turned my first bowls yesterday and today they are silver maple. One of them was crotch wood and I was hoping that lovely crotch figure would carry through but had to sacrifice an 3/4 an inch to the faceplate gods so didnt get to see any. A question. Sharpening. Im pretty sure the reason there were so many tear outs was because either A. tools were not sharp enough or B. the lathe Im using loses power if you apply even a little pressure. Anybody have a link on sharpening tutorials or thoughts on what this might be? Anyway with no further adieu here are some fledgling efforts.
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Under powered lathe should have nothing to do with tearout. That comes from tool and not just dull tools. Some of it comes from the angle/orientation that the tool is presented to the wood. Some just comes from the grain/type of wood. A lot of this will get better as your skills improve.

As to sharpening, I think John Lucas has some sharpening tutorials here...just search.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Looks good for your initial bowls. I kinda like that beefy look. I would agree that your tear out is probably due to dull tools.

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Looks good for your initial bowls. I kinda like that beefy look. I would agree that your tear out is probably due to dull tools.

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Is the wood green?
Don't you get more tear out with green wood?

I'm just asking the panel

Nice job by the way...........

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Granted, I'm not nearly as experienced as many here, but I find green, or wet, wood MUCH easier to turn...

Many times I'll have loooong ribbons of wood piling up below the lathe...
Some of the really dry stuff seems to come of in tiny chips...

YMMV,

p

P.S. Nice start Bond!

...ever notice how "I'm sorry" and "I apologize" mean the same thing, unless you are at a funeral..?

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here's another piece of silver maple crotch wood. Decided to try putting the crotch on the top of the bowl this time Sanded it up to 220 but there were still some very subtle scratches- Time to buy some 600! Used some wax on this one. Oh and Im sure theres an obvious way to go about this but when I parted this one off it snapped and fell onto the floor giving it some nice little dings how do you all part a bowl without it flying all over the place?anyway, ENJOY! happy turnin,
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ps, anyone else see a person with a beer belly jumping with hands in the air on number 4?
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You got a nice start, keep working at it, your doing fine. Get a new lathe as soon as possible if you want to advance a bit at a time. Good luck Mitch
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new honey pot bowl... gotta get some new kinds of wood... its gonna take me years to get rid of all the silver maple in my driveway.Got some 400 grit sandpaper and a bowl gouge with the little question mark looking rod to get to those hard to reach spots used a wax to finish it with... thanks for the encouragement... enjoy!tcleve4911 yes all green wood. Mitch I WOULD LOVE A NEW LATHE. this one is a loaner and figured Id get as much use out of it as I can before he snags it back. So many tools to save for! Ive got my eye on that nova 1624- 44 most bang for your buck from what Ive seen, anyway happy turnin,
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when i part a bowl ill, part my way in so i have about a half inch untill im at the center then ill swithch to a one handed style. So ill have my left hand on my parting tool cutting lightly in as my right hand hold the rim of my bowl lightly with a little bit of drag on your finger tips.. then once you get to the center or it snaps off, the bowl just end up in your right hand since you have that little bit of drag between your finger tips and the rim.. works like a charm. its ether that or just leave 3 or 4 months of shavings on your floor so you have a nice padding when it falls

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I don't part off bowls. I turn the outside first, leave a tenon on the bottom to fit my chuck jaws, reverse it and do the inside. Then reverse is one more time usually with bowl jaws and get rid of the tenon and finish the area where it used to be.
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