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post #1 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 04:46 PM Thread Starter
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First time attempting a bowl

I received a chuck for my lathe this Christmas and haven't had time to try a bowl until this past weekend. I learned a few lessons, mostly about how to set up the stock and keep it from flying off the lathe. I had to make repairs once when the piece was damaged by flying away after I got a little over zealous removing material.

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post #2 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 07:03 PM
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Using the chuck in expansion mode means you need more wood outside the foot.f I usually only use that for platters or thick bowls that would have a large thick foot.
Using it in compression mode is better for bowls. Even in that mode there are tricks. Don't just grip the tenon. You should make the tenon short enough that it doesn't bottom out in the jaws. The top of the tenon should be square so this area rides on the top of the jaws. This gives the lathe 2 points of reference to keep the bowl rocking and coming out of the chuck.
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post #3 of 12 Old 01-09-2012, 07:11 PM
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even with your troubles its a good looking bowl for your 1st
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That is a nice first bowl. Looks better than my first one.
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I like it, nice job. This past weekend I had a disapearing bowl. Man can that thing come off quickly. The one I'm trying to do is more like a cup and not real sure how to hold it to remove the inside. I'm sure I'll find ideas here - just gota search. Love this site!
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I like it, nice job. This past weekend I had a disapearing bowl. Man can that thing come off quickly. The one I'm trying to do is more like a cup and not real sure how to hold it to remove the inside. I'm sure I'll find ideas here - just gota search. Love this site!
How are you attaching it to the lathe?

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I first attached the blank via a threaded bolt that I clamped into the chuck. Then flipped it after making a recess for the clamp to expand into. Thank you John Lucas for that advice, it was something that had not been explained to me very well.
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That's what I do ....also thanks to John and others on this great forum.

Using the worm thread and finishing the outside first has become my preferred method.

If you look close, you can see the hole created by the worm screw.



Roughing the outside and creating the mortise for the chuck



Finished outside



...roughing out the inside



......and the inside roughed out and ready for finish



Finished product


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Nice looking bowls. I'm in the same boat at the OP. Just got my 4-jaw chuck and thought I'd turn a bowl / cup and had it fly off as well. Pretty scary! It has really irritated me, because now I'm gunshy, whereas before I was really getting comfortable with the lathe.

I have atleast been able to determine my problem. I was using a spindle gouge when I should have been using a bowl gouge. The SG was working for a 1/4" of depth trhough. Look forward to picking through the turning forum here.
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I use a similar technique except I use a tenon to grip the bottom of the bowl instead of a mortise. I prefer the jaws squeeze down instead of pushing outward. Plus it allows for a thinner bottom to the bowl.

But whatever works for you is what you should do.

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I have a hard / dry hunk of wood taht I'm not sure is. Aa cup is what it wants to be. I held it between the two ends and rounded it to teh shape I wanted. Then I created a mortise to mount on the chuck. I was trying to take the material out with just that mortise holding on. One problem was my mortise was not deep enough. The other problem is that I was trying to save as much wood as possible so I didn't hollow out the cup while having a worm screw in it. Well, that's my therory
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very nice first bowl.

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