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    My attempt at turning a bowl

    Well this one stretched out my tooling.... I now know that if I am going to start doing this for fun and maybe sell a few. I am going to have to upgrade my chisels, gouges and scrapers. As well as tool rests. This piece has some heavy checking on the side but I got a lot of tear out from over reaching as my tool rest wouldn't fit inside at the angles I needed to make the cuts.
    I need to work on my proportions as well. I think the neck is a bit too long for the base.
    2 coats of tung oil spun on and I will put a couple more on before parting it off.




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    Cool! The shape kind of reminds me of the old brass spitoons!
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    Hahaha it does doesnt it! I was trying to roll the top so it flared back on itself. The gouges and scrapers I have arent small enough to get in and roll the lip the way I wanted to........

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    With gluing it on the faceplate. How do you finish the bottom? Do you cut it off of the face plate using a parting tool??
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    Pieces like this are a good way to discover the limitations of your tools (and your experience). I agree with you about the proportions, but until you turn a few that are off, it's hard to know when one is right. You seem to have a good eye and an honest approach to critiquing your own work, so I suspect your forms will improve quickly.

    You picked a challenging form, too. For some reason, a lot of beginning bowl turners start off trying to make bowls flare out inside somewhere after the rim. I know I did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jonathan Shively View Post
    With gluing it on the faceplate. How do you finish the bottom? Do you cut it off of the face plate using a parting tool??
    Yes I will turn a small base then part it off and hand sand and finish.
    I learned it watching a guy turn on youtube. Check out haydenhd on youtube he has quite a few turning videos and that is how he attaches a lot of his work. I was a little skeptical till I tried to pull the piece off of the waste block.

    Thanks Vaughn, yeah I do tend to want to run before I can walk. Well the "list" is growing for new tools. My wife wants me to make her a big bowl like a salad bowl. I already told her I'm gonna need a bigger lathe! She said "you have no more room in there" I said I already have the shop rearranged and know exactly where it will fit! So now the uphill battle begins (aka begging and doing lots of chores I wouldnt normally do......)
    There were a couple of times when I was hollowing out that I was one of the scrapers and the small bowl gouge flex to the point I thought the were going to snap. That is why the interior isnt as refined as it should be. I reached the end of what my tools and tool rest will do.
    Last edited by Rich Soby; 08-21-2011 at 11:00 AM.

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