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    Square bowl

    Tried my hand at a square bowl. got the ends a little too thin and chipped them out a bit. And I need to work on my tool edges to get a better shear cut for smoothness. As always, CC welcome






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    I'm not a turner but it looks to me like you are on the right track.
    I really like the looks of a square bowl.
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    Pretty

    Hi Rich I think its vey nicely done. You have a design opportunity on the corners. A little free hand sculpting and don't mention your percieved errors to anyone and they will never know.

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    I like your square bowl. I like the way that the grain is positioned. It is a piece that you could live with for a long time and continue enjoying it.

    Enjoy,
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    Man, you were skating on the edge in the thinness department. You did a fine job, especially for a first outing. What kind of wood is it? And how big is it? I'll bet it's light as a feather.

    C&C-wise, I do see a couple of tool marks that in most cases could be sanded out, but in this case, I think you were running out of wood to sand. I've been bitten by the same dog. On the chipped edge, I know some guys have trimmed the edges of square bowls on a tablesaw or bandsaw, but it's a potentially dangerous cut if done wrong. If the bowl is face up during the cut, the wood you're cutting is held in mid-air above the table. That's serious kickback or blade-kinking potential. If it's face down, only the corners are touching the table, and the wood loses support as the cut is being made, pinching the blade in the end, and also risking kickback.
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    I was thinking a winged bowl and didn't have this in mind when looking at it. That is really NICE!!! Great job, I wouldn't mention the corners.
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    Thanks everyone! This endeavor was to see just how thin I could get the stock. It may have about 1/4 to 5/16 on the bottom but I think I got it down to about an eighth taper up the sides to about 3/32 at the edges. They were flapping at the end there.


    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Man, you were skating on the edge in the thinness department. You did a fine job, especially for a first outing. What kind of wood is it? And how big is it? I'll bet it's light as a feather.
    It's cherry from some of the cut offs I have left over from the kitchen project
    the rough piece was 9-1/2 inches by 1-1/4 thick. I did try to clean up a couple of edges where the corners blew out on the ts. I ran it face down but the problem I had was it would drop into the insert and fetch up on the outfeed. I had to ease it into the blade and then shut the saw off to remove the piece after the second cut I figured I was using up some of my nine lives and just sanded best I could.

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    A coping saw and cut right angles into the corners?
    Jon

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    Lookin' very nice.

    I was given a piece of mahogany about 12"X12"X2" and was thinking about trying sumptin' similar. But the chicken factor has prevented me from starting.
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    Really nice for a first. 3/32" is pretty thin but does not look bad. Like was said never say a word and nobody will know the difference. They will think you intended for it to be that way.
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