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Today's rough turnings....

I took some time to make a small dent in my pile of bowl blanks that need to be rough turned. I started with a piece of ambrosia maple, which I didn't get a picture of. Next was a nice piece of cherry, followed by a good sized piece of walnut crotch. Rough turning is fun, makes a heck of mess, and gets you some pieces ready for down the road. The last couple of pics are after I cleaned up.
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That piece of walnut is going to look amazing finished.

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What Slatron said, can't wait to see that finished.

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Mike, looking at your set up made me laugh. I have that same lathe with the same light sitting in the same place. Didn't install the cover guard or the basket, but did put a solid shelf between the lower legs to store tool rests and face plates though. Great minds, huh?

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Mike I have never done any turning, but plan on doing some real soon. Here is my question: What is next after the rough turning? And if it is letting them sit for a while, how long will that be and why?
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Those pieces I turned today were blanks that were cut fresh in the last few months. When you rough turn a bowl, you leave the walls and bottom aprox. 1/10 the diameter, so a 10" bowl would have 1" walls. Then I put each blank in a paper shopping bag along with a handful of the wood chips. I also seal the top edge with a product called anchorseal. It dries like a wax and slows down the transfer of moisture out of the wood. In a few months, the bowls will be ready to finish turn. They will warp a little between now and the time I finish them, but that's why the walls and bottom are left overly thick. If you let the wood blank dry out without rough turning, it could easily take 3-5 years. Rough turning speeds up the process. It's also much easier to get rid of the bulk of the wood when the wood is still green. Much easier on the tools and it comes off in ribbons instead of sawdust. Makes more of mess as you can see.
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Mike, looking at your set up made me laugh. I have that same lathe with the same light sitting in the same place. Didn't install the cover guard or the basket, but did put a solid shelf between the lower legs to store tool rests and face plates though. Great minds, huh?
That is pretty funny SD. I keep forgetting to put a shelf down there. I do use the guard once in awhile when I have a big, thick blank to turn, especially if it's way out of balance.
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Wow Mike, that walnut crotch is gorgeous. Did you cut that yourself?

Can't wait to see that one when it's finished.

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Hi Mike
I see Easy Wood Tools in your pics...
I posted earlier that I just bought the Ci0 rougher & finisher.
Judging by the pile of shavings, they look like they work pretty good for you.
Beautiful work.

Learning more about tools everyday
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Phinds,
I bought a bunch of blanks a few months ago from a local logging/lumber mill. The walnut was actually a slab from the crotch of the tree that I cut two round blanks out of. I have one more twin to the one in the pic. I think I paid $25 for the slab. Got a couple of cherry crotches too.

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I have 5 of the easi wood tools. I have mixed emotions on them. I use the round cutter for mainly removing wood from the inside of bowls and lidded boxes. Unless the wood is really hard, it leaves a lot of tearout. I like my bowl gouges better and use them for the outside and finishing up on the inside.

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