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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2021, 03:03:50 PM »
Man, the bottom of that tree looks to have some potential, lots of neat colors and stuff happening in there...

@Larry - what is the crazy bit you show in your picture? That looks way more effective at holding wood than my standard bit that I hammer into place and it never feels good.
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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #21 on: February 11, 2021, 03:16:29 PM »
Oneway makes a spur drive that fits into their chucks called the "Big Bite".  Unfortunately the Big Bite won't fit my Vicmarc chucks.  I made my own spur drive out of tool steel which is quite similar to the Oneway spur. 

I turn lots of big, way out of balance pieces and the spur drive works great for that kind of stuff.  Don't have to pound it in, never spins, easy to shift the work on the drive, and when I get the tendon cut, the chuck is already on the lathe.  That saves a little time.

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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2021, 07:03:16 AM »
Thank you @Larry ! I'll have to check it out, once I either get some heat to the shop or spring comes... I have pretty terrible results from the standard bit, to the point that I try to use it as little as possible but it'd be great to have something that works, like that.
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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2021, 09:35:23 AM »
I turned enough bowls to wear out my hands. I sold them, gave them away and have a house full too. 
 I never used PEG but did rough turn many from green wood into ~1" thick crudely turned bowl blanks then smeared with a heavy coat of paste wax then into a plastic bag for a long rest. You'll lose some along the way via checking or they blow up on the lathe. I prefer to hand carve a bowl over turning.  
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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #24 on: February 15, 2021, 07:52:28 AM »
I had a customer drop off 12 partly turned bowls that he sealed the end grains with anchor seal. 
I put them in the kiln on Friday. He is hoping they turn out nice, we will see how they do. 
I'll add some pics when they come out on friday.
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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #25 on: March 07, 2021, 07:04:59 AM »
During my quest for local turners I contacted a customer for sources and he recommended a group called Chapel Hill Wood Turners. They are a group of 50 who turn wood so I contacted them and when they asked "how many bowls?"  I pulled out a number and said "100" with fingers crossed. Long story short - two of them came to my place and met with me and key church members last Wednesday to see the logs and worked out a plan. Not final yet but very promising. I'm sawing blanks now and they have picked up the first batch of 12. I'll follow this up on "Whatcha Sawing".
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« Reply #26 on: March 08, 2021, 08:13:17 PM »
Looks like itís working out well. Glad you found the right people. Thanks for the update. 
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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #27 on: March 24, 2021, 09:52:00 AM »
I did a zoom demonstration for my woodturning club a couple of months ago.  The subject was how to make a bowl from the raw material.  These are a few of the pictures I used in my demo.

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I show three ways to round the blank.  First is to cut the corners off with the chainsaw, second is to use a template and round the blank on the bandsaw, and third is to round it completely on the lathe (my normal method).

The tree was cut down a little over a year ago and is red maple.  When I want to to turn a bowl I wack off 6" to get rid of checks than cut my bowl blank.  The tree is just now beginning to spalt.
All I want say, Thank you for sharing this.
It's a helpful one.

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« Reply #28 on: March 31, 2021, 12:28:41 PM »
The bowl blank project is proceeding perfectly!. I have cut 100+ blanks ranging from bowl sizes of 3" to 20" diameters which is the number of bowls we initially agreed upon with the turner club. They have picked up 2 pickup loads and I have delivered 1. They are really on top of this and keep us informed on the progress. The ball is definitely in the church's court concerning funding more bowls - I could cut maybe 50 more with the limbs I have. Holding such short limbs/logs on the mill is the time consuming part of this project.



 

Another aspect of this ash tree that I am thinking about taking on is putting legs or wheels on this 14 foot "dragon" for kids at church to play on. It's a bear to handle, not because of weight, but because it rotates when you lift it due to its asymmetry. Ideas, anyone?





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Re: Cutting blanks for bowls
« Reply #29 on: March 31, 2021, 01:22:32 PM »
It sounds like both a neat project and a lawsuit waiting to happen! I struggle to see how kids could be left to play on it without fear of it breaking apart. 
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« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2021, 09:58:22 PM »
I can see multiple sets of legs for it. Make it good and sturdy and might add to the creature look.

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« Reply #31 on: April 11, 2021, 07:27:38 AM »
Legs would make it more creature-like but it will need to be moved periodically so it will probably get wheels on the "legs". I'll have to get a license plate to tow it to a garage for wheel alignment. ;D
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