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  1. #1
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    My first bowl

    Hello all! I just finished my first bowl!

    I found your group just last week and joined. So here is my first post.


    I joined my local AAW club in April and in August the president invited
    members to join him on a one on one basis to turn some evening.

    So I finally tried my hand at a bowl. His favorite material is Monkey
    Puzzle so he mounted a 16" diameter piece on his lathe and I got lots
    of practice while turning it to fit on my 12" lathe.

    I finished turning it to 8.5" diameter 4" tall and a wall thickness of
    3/16". It has 8 coats of gloss polyurethane.

    Comments greatly welcomed.

    Keith
    Pacific Northwest
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    #101? you sure that's your first bowl? Looks like you're a natural from this angle... but what do I know? Nice job!


    Welcome aboard, just spotted that this is your first post as well as your first bowl. Can't wait to see more!
    Last edited by Ned Bulken; 09-26-2008 at 06:00 PM. Reason: doh' moment
    -Ned

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    Really nice looking bowl. Are you afraid that it will crack at the bottom with the pith still there?

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    Keith, that is a very nice bowl. That is going to be hard to top with #102

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    Welcome to the clubhouse, Keith. Glad to have another turner in the midst.

    You may be new to turning bowls, but you've obviously been paying attention to what you've seen. The form looks superb. The curve is excellent.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ned Bulken View Post
    #101? you sure that's your first bowl? Looks like you're a natural from this angle... but what do I know? Nice job!


    Welcome aboard, just spotted that this is your first post as well as your first bowl. Can't wait to see more!
    Thanks!

    You don't just start with #1, just like checks. If anyone still uses them anymore.

    Keith

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Lanier View Post
    Really nice looking bowl. Are you afraid that it will crack at the bottom with the pith still there?
    Jon,

    The president of my local club turns these all the time with the pith. Monkey puzzle is one of the few you can do this. It is a member of the same family as Norfolk Island Pine which is quite stable.

    Before final cuts and sanding I removed the chuck and bowl and set it down on the bench and saturated the pith with thin CA. While doing this I did find a hairline crack .5" long from the pith, so I glued it as well. It has been this way for over a month now while I put the finish on and no problems so far.

    Keith

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    Keith,
    Excellent job. 2 thumbs up

    I love the finish did you use a spray poly gloss or a wipe on?

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    Chuck,

    I used the regular kind that you would normally brush on. But I wiped it on saturating the piece, then wiping the excess of with another cloth. I did this since the brush on is cheaper than the wipe-on and the wipe-on is just regular stuff thinned down.

    This also means there are more solids in each coat rather than solvent.
    Last edited by Keith Palmer; 09-26-2008 at 09:06 PM. Reason: forgot who I was replying to

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    Great looking bowl and very nice finish.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

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