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    My first bowl (or attempt thereat...)

    All was going well, until I cut a little too close to the bottom. Turning a bowl is easier than I thought. If I'd stopped to measure again, I would have been OK. This is pine, and the bowl was strictly a practice piece, destined for the firewood box, or to be a parts bowl on my workbench.

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    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Wow Rodger, I'll bet that made your day, I have done that more than once !
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    I laughed!
    Last edited by Roger Tulk; 08-08-2014 at 02:46 PM.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Yes , But it sure is a surprise when it goes flying isn't it?
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    The main part of the bowl remained on the chuck, and only the disk from the middle went anywhere. I looked at the black hole where the bottom had been, and it took me a second to realize what had happened.

    My daughter who took shop class told me they started with a bowl. Wait until I tell her about this.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Everyone is a self-made person.

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    don't mean to laugh but we all have done it, but it is practice an more practicing until you are happy with your progress in turning so don't give up
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    Well, for sure it seems that you have you chuck gripping problem solved,. Try making a bottom from another piece and repairing the "funnel" I have done this and found it a good practice exercise and it doesn't look bad either.
    Starting with a bowl would seems like a steep learning curve for a novice like me. It took me a long time to get to turning a bowl.
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

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    Turning Rule #17: Never make the inside dimension bigger than the outside dimension. Sorry to see about the mishap, but it looks like you had a nice form started.

    But you did end up with an impressive piece of designer firewood. I know a lot of folks would try to salvage that by turning a plug for the bottom, but to my eye that always looks like a patch job. Sort of like seeing a pink hood on a black Cadillac.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    But you did end up with an impressive piece of designer firewood. I know a lot of folks would try to salvage that by turning a plug for the bottom, but to my eye that always looks like a patch job. Sort of like seeing a pink hood on a black Cadillac.
    As I said, I didn't intend this to go on display. I have four more blanks to make into practice bowls, so I can make a lot of firewood while I'm improving my technique. I have a nice spalted maple blank waiting as well as a couple of other woods, once I get it figured out.

    I wasn't getting a very smooth finish on the inside with my bowl gouge, so I cleaned up with my radius scraper. I was using the bowl gouge when I broke the bowl, though, as I wanted to clear out the bottom a little faster than I was.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Everyone is a self-made person.

    "The thing about quotes on the internet is that you cannot confirm their veracity" -Abraham Lincoln

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    Hey at least you're having fun! Looking forward to the next round

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Sort of like seeing a pink hood on a black Cadillac.
    Hope the video works, never tried this from my phone before...
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