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  • How I turn wood bowls

    I'm not sure if this is how everyone does it but this way works well for me.
    My lathe is the Craftsman 15" Bench Top Lathe.



    The first step is to find a piece of wood. I mainly use Birch since I can get it free. I cut logs into 1 foot sections then split them down the middle, this will make 2 bowls. Once I have halved the logs I turn them as soon as possible. I try to make them as round as possible before I mount them to the lathe, to save time and keep my knives sharp longer. To mount it on my lathe a screw on a faceplate. That side will be the side that gets hollowed out later so the screw holes are not a problem.



    I can now rough out the blank. After the overall shape is finished I make a tennon on the bottom of the blank so my chuck has something to grab when I flip it over.

    Former A.F Staff Sergeant

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    Now I can flip the blank over and begin hollowing it out.



    The chuck that holds the blank.


    Since the blank is still wet I can't complete the bowl so I leave about 10% extra material on it and let it dry. I either use my homemade kiln, which takes only a few days to dry or I put the blank in a box with wood shavings in it. That method takes weeks or even months but I usually get less checking doing it that way. After the blank is dry I remount it to my lathe and finish it. Once the sanding is done I now have to remove the tennon on the bottom of the bowl. So I flip it over and use my jumbo jaws to hold the bowl.


    All that's left is to sand the bottom, sign it and finish it.
    Former A.F Staff Sergeant

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    • #3
      That's a great build along! Thanks for taking the time to put it together.
      AKmud
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      • #4
        Cool! Now you can outfit your camper with a complete set!

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        • #5
          can you make me some cool wood hubcaps for my ford?
          Semper Fi!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by greythorn3 View Post
            can you make me some cool wood hubcaps for my ford?
            Sure with a nice Chevy Bowtie on them.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by sayak View Post
              Cool! Now you can outfit your camper with a complete set!
              I got more bowls than I know what to do with already. I could outfit 10 campers I think
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              • #8
                Originally posted by doug1980 View Post
                Sure with a nice Chevy Bowtie on them.

                well then they will break right away! i want them to last a while doug!

                is this one like yours doug, i found it on craigslist, is 500 a good price?



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                Semper Fi!

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                • #9
                  All that's left is to sand the bottom, sign it and finish it.

                  why not turn the bottom?

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                  • #10
                    Very cool!! sooooo, are they dishwasher safe? <grin>

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                    • #11
                      Very cool I like it.

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                      • #12
                        How do they do with lucky charms or cap 'n crunch?

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                        • #13
                          Very good demo.
                          You made it look easy.
                          Thanks

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by greythorn3 View Post
                            well then they will break right away! i want them to last a while doug!

                            is this one like yours doug, i found it on craigslist, is 500 a good price?



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                            That's the one I bought from my neighbor. Only gave $400.

                            Originally posted by power drifter View Post
                            All that's left is to sand the bottom, sign it and finish it.

                            why not turn the bottom?
                            I turn the tennon off then sand, sign and finish.

                            Originally posted by LuJon View Post
                            Very cool!! sooooo, are they dishwasher safe? <grin>
                            I wouldn't put them in the dishwasher.

                            Originally posted by LuJon View Post
                            How do they do with lucky charms or cap 'n crunch?
                            With beeswax they work well.
                            Former A.F Staff Sergeant

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                            • #15
                              Well then I am nearly sold, don't mind hand washin my cereal bowl. Now tell me what ya got in the way of spoons?

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