So tonight was my first attempt at a bowl. I have watched many videos, read many threads on how to do it, bought myself a larger lathe, bought a chuck, got it all set up, cut some bowl blanks, mounted it tonight and started turning. Wow...this is not as easy as it looks. I have much admiration for those of you on here that turn out such great looking projects. I have so many questions now that I don't know where to begin.
1: The first thing I noticed was the amount of shavings produced. Pen making was not like this. Also I don't mind getting dirty but I never imagined getting completely covered with shavings. I have it in my hair, down my back, shirt was tucked in so now it's down my pants as well, in every pocket and shoes. Do you all wear something?
2: If blank is mounted on a faceplate...do I need to use the tail stock?
3: Once I had the bottom of the bowl to shape I added a tenon and then removed the faceplate and reversed the bowl and mounted it in my new chuck. I also removed the tail stock at that time and worked on the inside of the bowl. I used several tools to gouge out the inside of the bowl but none of then seemed to be real comfortable. Wanted to catch all the time. I found the smallest gouge to work the best.
4: Now that I have the inside turned to how I want...how do I get rid of the tenon? I have seen the adjustable plates that hold the outside rim of the top of the bowl.....I don't have that....do I have to have one of those too?
This bowl blank had several cracks in it to start out so it isn't anything that I plan on saving. It was just my first practice piece. The wood is apple.
Any tips would be great. It didn't feel comfortable at all. I felt like it could catch at any moment and go flying across the room. I tried to keep my tool rest close all the time but....Am I even on the right track?