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First Bowl

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Nothing incredible...did one yesterday had a lot better curve..this one is straight..one yesterday my mounting screws snapped off in it and im not about to try catching one with my chisels. So here is my first completed bowl.

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Looks good for a first or second bowl. :thumbsup:

FYI, you can also mount to a faceplate by screwing a flat piece of wood to the faceplate, then glue the bowl blank to the faceplate wood with normal Titebond glue and a piece of paper the diameter of the bowl blank.

Glue both sides of the paper, allow the glue to set and you will be surprised how strong this joint is for turning.

After you have finished turning, a sharp whack with a mallet and the paper will split, then all you have to do is to clean off the remaining paper/glue as you finish turning the bottom of the bowl.
Thanks..so if a good whack will knock it free...a bad catch would more than likely do the same?
I would rather break the paper than the wood.
Good point.
looks nice, especially for a first
Thanks..was a learning experience...haha
Just curious,what kind of screw are you using?
Wood screws generallya aren't strong enough, and the taper is problem in and of itself. I use machine screws- hex head so easy on/off, plus they're pretty much the same diameter except at the tip. Haven't had one snap yet & I turn a lot of big stuff.
Dave H
Yeah it was just whatever cheap wood screws i had..read not to use drywall screws and that wood screws would work...well 2 of the 4 broke off in it..dug one out..that other isnt wanting to come out so i tossed it...


Bums me out..bottom shape was looking good on that one.

So machine screws hold a lot better? may have to go find some
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:icon_smile:Nice job, keep after it. It is very addictive...pretty soon you won't even care that the "fun police" (read wife) is not talking to you!:sweatdrop::bangin:
Haha..yeah..i have been playing around with the lathe for a week and she is already rolling her eyes...its all good she gets new dishes..lol
Thank you. I have been messing around with making more...attempt 2 i found a big inclusion/void in it when i started roughing it out. Turned out ok i think.

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Second attempt nice also. Inclusion = character
Thanks...Thats what i said when i got started..well it will either give it character or it will catch and blow up at me...haha
Thanks guys....yeah Dave this is addictive.
Finally turned one that i think turned out awesome....i.wanted to see how thin i could go on it..how good my control was....too bad its green and more than likely going to crack in half....we will see what happens...but for now....im proud of this one.. :)

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Any tips on how i can prevent it from being scrap would be great..i have it sitting in a bag of shavings right now...going to oil it up every day or so...
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others may have better ideas but I have used Danish oil on mine at this stage. is seems to slow down the drying and reduce cracking. it will warp, but after it has warped I dress the bottom at a disc sander so it sits flat.
Beautiful..a little warping is ok..just dont need it to crack..thank you!
Thats a very fine bowl , how big is it ?

Before you seal it up with danish oil you could saturate it with mineral oil and keep doing so until it has finished moving .
With luck , as well as slowing down the seasoning rate , the oil will replace the moisture in the wood , reduce the shrinkage , and prevent cracking .
Its about 7.5"x2.5" so just soak it until wont take any more?
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