Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Central Washington State
Humbling, frustrating and a learning experience.
Well, my segmented bowl build thread died a lonely, quiet death. As it should have.
You probably notice I've been hanging out in Woodturning for the past week or so. I have been playing on the lathe during this time as well, days on end.
What I've learned is: I know nothing about woodturning! Well, almost nothing. Although I've used my lathe off and on for the past forty years I am well below expert level.
I've been going through a lot of scrap wood making parts for segmented bowls. I've completed about five with a few others in various stages of completion.
The first one or two where maple and walnut. These woods turn very nicely I discovered. So I thought this was easy, so I tried turning one out of fir, too soft and splintery and chips out just when you thought you had it almost perfect. That was indeed a challenge. It didn't quite get tossed in the garbage but I'll have to give it away, far from sell-able. Then I tried black locust which was equally frustrating for me for totally different reasons. It is very tough wood and seems to dull the tools very quickly. Many trips to the sharpening station.
It kept waiting for one of these segmented bowls to self destruct on the lathe as I kept making them bigger. I found out that they are stronger than I thought when I caught a gouge and broke it loose from the faceplate and also broke my wooden tool rest support board. The bowl survived just fine though.
I've been getting the ring segments glued up nicely with help from my shop made band clamp gizmo. My frustration is in getting the stack of rings glued up without gaps. I don't have a drum sander for getting then flat. I've tried various other mehtods including a horizontal edge sander and a jig a devised for the table saw. The next think to try is a overhead sliding sled for the router. Holding the workpiece down may prove the challenge there. I am not getting uniform thickness nor flat enough as yet.
I am still trying to prefect my Lancelot chain saw carver for roughing out shaping the bowls. I still have to clean up with lathe chisels but I can do 90% of the shaping with the Lancelot. Much less stress and faster ( for me anyway).