I keep blowing bowls to pieces. I don't want to sound like I have a huge ego or a swell head but I usually pick up on stuff quickly and master most things I try. So that's why this is driving me crazy with turning bowls. I get really close then bam pieces everywhere.
I posted pictures of my first bowl (Oak) rough cut and then again when I broke it. I glued it up and I'm almost finished but it broke like 2 more times. It will require a lot more sanding but I will be happy just to finish it since it's the firth one.
My second one (Oak) exploded into so many pieces I never did find half the pieces. The third one was almost as bad.
My forth bowl (also Oak) has a hole that was hidden in the block and a crack (flaw) that was there when I started. I wanted to try and turn it without filling them but that wasn't working so they were both filled with epoxy and coffee grounds. I started turning it again and I found another crack so I'm filling it with epoxy also.
My fifth bowl was Red Cedar it started out about twice the size it ended up because I found a hidden bad section of wood. I had it really close to finished and it broke in half. I'm gluing it and trying to finish it also. It's a learning experience but also a matter of pride, I can't let this beat me. I know I have issues.
I'm pretty sure I'm probably going to thin (about 3/16) the good news is on the ones that broke the thickness is uniform through out.
Could the type of wood be giving me problems?
Am I right about the thickness being a problem?
I'm thinking I need to resharpen my tools when I get close to finishing so I can get a cleaner cut and need less sanding but I'm not sure that's what is breaking the bowls.
Any suggestions will be appreciated. I'm using free wood for the most part for practice and I would like to get this down so I can try some nicer woods. I have some Ambrosia Maple, a Cherry and Maple logs just waiting to be turned.