Ok, so Im trying to turn big bowls, I made one in my life from maple I glued up, and Im currently working on a piece of cherry Ted sent me.
I hate to disappoint ted and larry after they gave me beautiful chunks of wood, but Im struggling.
I learned the hard way I was not holding my chisel at the right height angle, and I was angled too high at first, and got many catches, dug into the wood.
I spent a lot of time taking very light cuts finally at the correct height angle and I had almost zero catches, I believe the lathe may be an inch or two tall for me and I might have to build a base to stand on.
I decided to not butcher the wood anymore, and Id just sand and sand until I got something acceptable.(wishful thinking)
Im not the best flatworker, and Im proving to myself Im far from a good bowl turner, but I do enjoy it immensely.
I split the only 2 inch sanding disc bit I had, so Im off shortly to HF to pick up some more so I don't have to wait for shipping from another company.
I guess I was heavy handed and it heated up with 80 grit.
so I started with orbital sander on outside, then went to hand sanding while it turned ofcourse, and I got rid of most of the catch marks, but Im having a lot of sanding lines and Im not sure if going to lighter grits will eliminate them.
(the bowl shape on the outside is off a bit, but that was a lot of catches and I don't want to mess up anymore so I figured Id sand it to the best outside shape I can get)
INside of bowl also with just a little sanding, is getting all the sanding lines.
so what am Im missing here?
Like I said, Id like to make this bowl acceptable and take it all the way to finish. this is a bit harder than I thought it would be.
My other problem is when I chuck it up and do the outside first, now that Ive gotten the catch problems under control,, when I rechuck it the bowl is off center, making it again difficult to turn the inside and finish the outside since it didn't line up as when I had it chucked the opposite way, how do I avoid that?(both sides were straight and flush to chuck, so Im not sure why it was misaligned and lopsided while I spun it back to roundness, but that's where I encountered a lot of catches)
hope some of this makes sense, don't have anyone close to me to come over and give me some tidbits to help me along.
any advice for this new bowl turner would greatly be appreciated, even if you think it is common sense nonsense, please enlighten me with your experience.
ok, long enough post, thanx in adance to anyone who responds.
struggling with sanding in Long Island out to harbor freight.