Left Rockler, yesterday, with two pieces of stock for turning bowls. One, was a block of Mahogany (about 3"x5") for $5. The second, is a block of wood which was about 6"x4". I don't know it's name, but it had a waxed outer (almost rubbery), which I picked up for about $7. When I reached home I started in on the Mahogany. It was my FIRST time turning a bowl, and I knew that I didn't have the proper chisels (not even the best in those that I DID have), but I was so anxious to give it a shot.
Now, let me get to the catch. I had experienced a few minor catches before, and I committed myself to not doing, again, what had been done to cause the catch.
I had secured my piece on the faceplate, after rounding the stock on my band saw. I'd given it a simple shaping, as well as a footed recessed area for my chuck's dovetailed jaws. I decided to give it a little deeper shaping, when I got caught - and caught GOOD
. I heard this noise, and then saw the very fast, blurred movement of something flying away from me. Yep, my bowl was gone - leaving the screws dangling from the faceplate.
I won't deny that I was a bit shaken, and will admit that I cannot remember what action I had employed to bring about THAT catch. Improper/dull cutting edges? improper technique? Wrong chisel selected? Well, it is quite possibly a combination of ALL THREE.
I am now in search of a good video tutorial which will instruct the usage of woodturning tools; what each one is, and the proper way in which to use it. I need to know that information, FIRST, before I even think of trying to shell out for more chisels.
I just finished making myself two parting knives, and I know that I will need a bowl chisel. But THAT one will be the only one that I buy, before I get myself armed with the knowledge that I seek.
As far as the bowl is concerned - well, it looks more like an ash tray
. There are a bunch of mistakes on it, and I will post pictures on it, soon. Hopefully, they will be clear enough for you to see WHY those mistakes were made.
Thanks for reading this.