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post #1 of 7 Old 08-17-2011, 01:17 AM Thread Starter
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My first bowls

OK, I finally decided to give it a try and make something on my lathe. I've been creating a lot of shavings and dust getting familiar with tools.

Here are my first 3 bowls:
1st - unknown wood, 4 1/8 x 1", it cracked on my "slightly to snug" jam chuck as I was cleaning up the bottom.
2nd - Cherry, 3 1/2 x 2 1/4", it showed a crack at the very last finishing the interior, could have gone another 1/2" deeper
3rd - Cherry, 3 3/4 x 2", no cracks

The cherry was from a tree I cut down this spring for a friend, I've got a lot more to work with. The unknown wood was a piece I was given from the gal I bought my lathe (Jet 1014) from.

I need to work on my interior smoothing and figuring out to not grip the foot so tight that it leaves marks.

Any and all comments - constructive or complementary are appreciated!

More to come!
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Are we allowed to have a look at them ?
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Hey Wood, welcome to the forum from another Pacific Northwester. Pics would be nice No way around marking that tenon with the chuck, just gotta turn it around and clean it up afterwards. Large jaws are a real time saver there, but jamb chucks work too. Just keep practicing.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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post #4 of 7 Old 08-17-2011, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Here are the pics

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Very nice proportions on all three .
I like the wood too . What is it ?

The crack that appeared in no.2 may be the result of heat build up from sanding . A lower speed and less pressure will help prevent them .
Sometimes they just happen .
All in all , a great start to the craft of woodturning
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Thanks for the tip

The first one I don't know was given to me, the others are both cherry.

I was running about 1200 when I turned and sanded them, so that might have been an issue. I'll watch it next time.
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Woody,
That's a pretty good start on the bowls. They get progressively better in the pics. The first one I would file out the crack area to hold a couple of cigarettes, looks like a nice ashtray. I agree with the fine crack in the second one. Slow your speed down a bit when sanding and change out your sandpaper often, don't use heavy pressure. If you feel your fingers getting very hot, ease up. Keep 'em coming.
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