Picture of From Blank to Bowl
Wooden bowls are beautiful and easy to make because they come straight from a log. There isn't any cutting or gluing, so the natural beauty of the wood can shine. Once you figure out how to use the lathe tools properly, it's really satisfying to watch the shavings pile up by your feet.
First, you need to find a good-sized log. After cutting it into a blank you mount it on the lathe and rough it out. Slowly, you shape it until it vaguely resembles a bowl. On your first try, anything that looks like a bowl is an accomplishment. With practice, you will be able to complete a bowl in a short afternoon by reducing sanding time and learning to hog out the inside quickly.

They also make great gifts, and luckily they're practically free to make. You just have to find a log!

WARNING: woodturning is addicting. You see, the spinning chunks of wood create a vortex that sucks money into it. You may be tempted to spend hours in the workshop, neglecting to eat or do homework.
With all that said, eating and doing homework are not nearly as fun as woodturning :)
And you can find deals on craigslist, too.
HPandLOTR1 month ago

Nice bowl. You know it would be a lot easier to cut the blank into a round at the bandsaw? If you do that then it wouldn't be so out of balance and you can start turning at around 600 revs. Works for me!

frankenboom (author)  HPandLOTR1 month ago
Actually, I didn't own a bandsaw when I made this instructables/this bowl.
Since then, I've purchased one. It definitely makes cutting the blanks a lot easier! I actually have an excess of blanks now that I haven't had time to turn. Oops!
rimar20003 years ago
How beautiful bowls!
frankenboom (author)  rimar20003 years ago
Aw, thank you :) The wood is pretty amazing.
Muchas gracias. La madera muy brillante tambien.
frankenboom (author)  frankenboom3 years ago
Very complete instructions about turning, thanks for them. I will try green wood, you convinced me.

For food-safe finishing, I use egg white (albumen). When dry, the light hardens it and turns it insoluble. You must do 6 or 7 coats to get a semi-gloss finish. Fine sanding between coats. A coat dries in 2 to 4 hours depending environmental humidity and heat.

You can save the albumen 2 or 3 days in a closed jar without problems.
frankenboom (author)  rimar20002 years ago
I must say that I don't think I have ever heard of that method.
The egg whites never spoil or cloud up? That's really interesting. When I get back home I'll have to try that one.
Thanks :)
Here you can find some about the matter.

I have some photos, but here in comments the uploader does not work.