Step 2: Outer Shape

With the big chisel you can make the rough line of the outer contour. A smaller chisel can be used to have a better surface so less sanding is needed.
Do not cut away the heel, as it will be needed to create the inside. You can make it more cylindrical with a small chisel.
The tool mount can be adjusted so the tool rests closely to the piece you are working on.
It should be at center height while cutting. The tool itself should be approx. 20° below the horizontal line.
The tip of the small chisel has to be pointed in the cutting direction.
<p>WOAAAHHHHH......You will kill yourself turning a bowl with a roughing gouge.....DON'T USE A ROUGHING GOUGE! They will snap at the tang and fly back at you and stab you! Btw if you turned at a quicker speed and used a BOWL GOUGE with some light finishing cuts, you wouldn't have to sand with 40 grit. lol you might as well sand with a roofing shingle.</p>
<p>You can absolutely use a roughing gouge to round a bowl blank. That's what they're for. A bowl gouge does a good job of creating the basic profile, and then you can use scrapers to smooth the finish. I see the author using a scraper on the bowl in step 7.</p>
<p>HPand is absolutely right! Using a Spindle Roughing Gouge to turn a bowl blank is totally unsafe. I have personally seen accidents using this tool incorrectly, and it is NOT intended for use this way. A bowl gouge is much safer, due to its basic design. There are many, many references to this issue in the woodturning literature, and the American Association of Woodturners strongly warns against using the Spindle Roughing Gouge on any material that is mounted cross-grain. Please do not reinforce mis-information that is so dangerous.</p>
<p>That's a great bowl, especially for your first attempt! You chose a pretty challenging profile, and turned the walls pretty thin. That's fancy work for a beginner! Great job!</p>
<p>Thanks Eranox!</p><p>We had serious mentors: the flemish woodturning guild was present to aid us during the complete proces.</p><p>http://www.houtdraaiersgilde.be/</p>
This is a good instructable just a couple of points. The big chisel is a roughing gouge the small chisel is a bowl gouge. You don't seem to mention the two different scrapers you have photographed. Also when sanding if the paper is getting hot you are pressing too hard.
Ok, I'll update the Introduction post. <br>I'm not a native English speaker, sorry for the language. <br>Thanks for the comment.
Nice bowl!<br> <br> As pudtiny says, the sandpaper could easily get burnt if you press to hard. And your fingers and the wood with it. I usually use a block of cork to hold the paper with.<br> <br> It seems like you yse the traditional cutting turning instead of the chafing that some consider safer (and easier). I teach 10-12 years old kids to turn (among other things) and almost everybody can learn the cutting method.<br> <br> For the lathe i would prefer a catch above the rotating bowl, something to stop it from hitting people of it gets loose. It doesent happen often but its often a bit discuraging for the pupils if they get hurt.
Thanks! <br>What is 'chafing'? (google images shows something different I think..) <br>I'll update the post with the sandpaper remarks.
I believe you have a cutting action with a gouge or chisel and a chafing action with a scraper.
I thought it was very well written.
The American Association of Woodturners is trying to spread the word about the dangers of using a SPINDLE roughing gouge for bowl turning. The roughing gouge's tang is too thin to survive a strong catch&acirc;€&brvbar;and considerable injury can result. <br> <br>Bowl roughing should be done with a bowl gouge. Bowl gouges have a much stronger tang. <br> <br>I realize you're not in America but the laws of physics don't care. Since you're new to bowl turning, now is a great time to avoid picking up unsafe tool techniques. <br> <br>Welcome to the world of bowl turning!
Thanks for the input! <br>They only had these tools with them. They did mention there are more tools. <br>It was a very soft kind of wood we used to work with. <br> <br>I'll add it to the guide.
Beautiful piece.
Thank you! <br>It was our first attempt, but we had very good instructors.

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