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10-09-2006, 12:34 AM
Not bad, rob. Not bad.
What are the dimensions? What kinda finish? I have a 6" dia. walnut blank that is soon to be my 2nd bowl ever. :D
10-09-2006, 08:01 AM
Excellent shape and form Mr Rob.. something that is very difficult to learn..Now we have to work on your finishing skills }>
I know I'm a hard taskmaster!!
10-09-2006, 08:26 AM
>Excellent shape and form Mr Rob.. something that is very
>difficult to learn..Now we have to work on your finishing
>I know I'm a hard taskmaster!!
Yes, I was getting some really bad tearout and lots of catches for some reason; worse than I've ever had before. The wood seemed really grabby. I'm not sure if there was something about the wood grain that was giving me problems, the fact that I'm out of practice, or a combination thereof.
I tried regrinding my gouge twice to help with the tearout, but it didn't help any. I was running short on time, and wanted to finish it up. I was also getting a bit thin on the sides, and was afraid to try and touch it up too much more for fear of getting a bad catch - that's usually when I get them: "just one more little trim here and...<BAM>!".
The dimensions are just under 8" diameter, and 2" high. I didn't measure them, but believe I got the sides down to around 1/8 to 3/16" thickness. The bottom is more like 1/4" thick. I'm still trying to turn a bowl where you can see light through it, just so I can say I did it. :)
I didn't do anything really special for finishing - just buffed it via Beall buffing system.
10-09-2006, 10:27 AM
10-09-2006, 11:22 AM
Nice bowl, Rob. Did you part if off the chuck or reverse it to remove the tenon for the chuck?
10-09-2006, 11:31 AM
I really wish you all would stop posting turnings! I can't afford a lathe at this point and the beautiful creations you all are showing makes me want to give turning a go! :7
I'm kidding! Honest! That is a great looking creation. Don't see any tearout and the finish is very nice!
10-09-2006, 11:34 AM
>Nice bowl, Rob. Did you part if off the chuck or reverse it
>to remove the tenon for the chuck?
I reversed it in my donut chuck and gave the bottom a slight concavity. I really like this approach, except for two things. 1) No matter how hard I try, I can never get the bowl close to center in the donut chuck. 2) It's really hard to gauge the thickness of the bottom of the bowl without removing it from the chuck.
10-09-2006, 01:51 PM
. Centering handled by the Coles chuck with holding provided by the donut chuck.
10-09-2006, 01:57 PM
Nice man... love the shape...
10-09-2006, 03:14 PM
>I was gonna ask about a donut chuck
I based mine on Bill Grumbine's chuck (I guess he calls it a compression chuck):
10-10-2006, 01:57 AM
Very nice Rob! I wish I had a lathe...
Like the other Doug, I can't see any tearout and the finish looks fine to me...
I thought you did a great job turning this bowl.
I saw no imperfections.
To the trained eye, which I don't have (in this area) they were able to see something which I can't and they are able to point out methods to help you develpoe your skills more.
Thanks for sharing.
10-10-2006, 10:59 AM
>I saw no imperfections.
You guys are going too easy on me. :) Limey sees the tearout; it's all those faint horizontal lines on the bowl, mostly in the end-grain areas.
10-10-2006, 11:38 AM
Nice bowl, Rob.
Yeah, I see the tearout, too, but there's no need to point out what you obviously already knew. The shape is great and the Beall buff looks good inspite of the tearout...which btw I find hard to completely eliminate on some species...even with the 80 grit gouge.
The bottom on your bowl is similar to how I do mine, although I don't use a compression chuck. I place a rounded, padded piece in the chuck that I turned from a blank of 4 x 4 Fir. Place the bowl over that and bring up the tail stock. Shape the foot as desired, part off the nib and sand smooth. Works great.
Thanks for showing.
Where facts are few,
experts are many
06-02-2010, 09:19 AM
This is a mediocre bowl, but it's the first I've done in a long time. This is the first bowl I have turned that wasn't from a kiln-dried piece of wood.