A friend scored me some wood he found in a skip, I set about making it into something more than just firewood!
Step 1: Marking the Diameter
I measure the maximum usable diameter and score a circle onto the blank.
Step 2: Highlighting My Mark
My score lines not very clear so I just freehand a pencil line on my mark.
Step 3: Relief Cuts
I cut up to my line across the flats making relief cuts, it's safer and less strain on the bandsaw.
Step 4: Cutting Out
I follow my score/pencil line, keeping my fingers well away from the sharp bits!
Step 5: 1 Bowl Blank
The blanks now ready for the lathe.
Step 6: Time for Some Turning.
With the blank mounted between centers on the lathe I start by truing up the side and base.
Step 7: Marking the Mortise
Now the base is flat I score a line the width of my chuck jaws using calipers.
Step 8: Cutting the Mortise
I cut in upto my score mark then dovetail the mortise to match up to my chuck jaws.
Step 9: Shaping
Now I shape the base of my bowl and get it as smooth as I can.
Step 10: Turning Around
Now I mount the bowl onto the chuck, remove the tailstock and start shaping the top.
Step 11: Midway Maintenance
My gouge isn't cutting as clean, time for some sharpening.
Step 12: Fresh Edge on My Chisel!
That's better, the shavings are flying now!
While I'm on a roll, I start hollowing out.
Step 13: Depth Check
I use a precisely cut piece of wood placed on the lathe bed against the headstock which measures the distance from the headstock to chuck jaws. Then using a square and rule I can work out the depth of my bowls and see how things are going.
Step 14: Level Off
Here I use the toolrest to guide my finger as I flatten out the inside of the bowl
Step 15: Sanding and Detail
I work my way through the grits and add a burn line in the rim using a scrap sliver of wood.
Step 16: Clean Up the Mortise
I need to reverse the bowl, I use a hockey puck in the chuck to protect the inside of my bowl and bring the tailstock up to turn the mortise away.
Step 17: Finishing Off
I chisel the remaining nub off the middle of the base, stamp my mark on and apply a coat of bees wax.
Step 18: The Completed Bowl and Video
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