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post #1 of 6 Old 12-23-2009, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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Ready to try my hand at bowls....

I have the new Delta 46-460 V/S lathe and ready to try bowls but I don't know exactly what else I need.I have been watching alot of you-tube lately and it's got me wound up.My current full time job gives me the advantage on finding wood.We throw away 5-7 dump truck loads on a daily basis of all kinds of wood.Usually anything from Walnut,Maple,Cherry,Pine,Oak.Right now it is ground up into mulch.So, it's time to learn to turn.I know I will probally need a chuck of some sort,and some more turning tools.Right now I only have a 3/8's Robert Sorby turning gouge.I am looking into a RS 1/2" oval schew.What else would I need?Any suggestions on a chuck? Nova maybe?
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1/2" bowl gouge some scrapers, a chuck. You could try Penn State Industries they have some decent tools at a good price.

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Basically the questions been answered here:

All you really need is a bowl gouge. If you can afford two, get a traditional grind and fingernail. The traditional allows you to get into steeper bowls especially the transition from side to bottom. The fingernail is more flexible and allows for cutting with the side of the tool which can come in handy. 1/2" seems to be the recommended size to start with. You don't really need a chuck, do a search for some of John Lucas's posts. Chucks can be handy but on softer woods the piece is easy to knock out of line with a simple little catch. Not so easy to get centered back up.

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I always thought you had to have a chuck to hold a tenon on the bottom of the bowl in order to hollow out the inside.I will read more about this because this will save some money if I don't have to have a chuck right now.
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Learning from You Tube alone makes me a little nervous. There are plenty of good video there, but there are some what not to do disguised as how to.
Find a local AAW chapter if you can. "Turned Bowl Made Easy" by Bill Grumbine is a very good complete bowl turning course for beginners.
You don't need a chuck to turn bowls. It is a convenience item. Most turning tools are hand held. How do you present the cutting edge by lifting, swinging and rotating the tool makes the difference.
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I love turning bowls. I have a RS 1/2" fingernail bowl gouge, and a couple of scrapers I mostly use. You don't need to have a chuck, but it sure makes turning bowls easy. You can get the C-series mini chuck from Penn State for around $100. I have that chuck with a set of 8" flat jaws, and it works well. I use it start to finish. I am hoping to upgrade to the Barricuda 4 soon.

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