Brushmakers Forum- calling all Turners

Discussion in 'The Brush' started by jtspartan, Mar 4, 2019.

  1. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    Here is a lidded bowl from start to finish from this afternoon. I apologize in advance for the number of pics.

    The bowl part can be screwed right onto a faceplate, as it will be hollowed out anyway:
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    The bottom and outside are then shaped. You will notice a recess in the bottom. That is for the chuck jaws to ‘grab’ from the inside. It also enables the bowls to be stacked, even with a rounded top. I sand the bottom as well at this point, as you can’t do it with the chuck in place:
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    Next, the faceplate is unscrewed, and the bowl is turned around and held with the chuck. If you don’t have a chuck, you can reattach a blank and screw the faceplate into it and then cut it off afterwards. The process of hollowing out the bowl now begins:
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    One note- with a lidded bowl, don’t sand the top edge too much, if it is too rounded it looks like there is a gap, even when there isn’t.

    Next it is time for the lid. The faceplate is screwed into a waste backing piece, so that the screws don’t go into the wood. With a wood like this that has a prominent grain pattern, I try to take the lid from right beside the bottom on the same board so they’ll match pretty closely as well.

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    Similar to the bottom of the bowl part, a recess for the chuck is shaped, as is the edge of the lid to fit the inside edge of the bowl. This is so that it doesn’t slide off easily, and so that soaps can be stored better within. Again, don’t sand the edge a ton, or it will not look as clean:
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    Use the bottom to check for diameter and edge fit:
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    Turn the lid around, use a chuck (or a 2nd waste blank) and cut off the waste blank. I don’t worry about marking it up, as I am turning it anyway. If I was to use a blank where needed to finish it off the lathe, I would take more care:
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    Now I turn the top of the lid. I try to match the style of the bottom, obviously:
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    About 1 1/2 hours start to finish.
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    And the bowl is now ready for its coats of finish. I use a Urethane finish off the lathe, with light sanding in between. I’ll post a final pic in a few days when the finish is complete.
     
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  2. jluc

    jluc smelling pretty

    Beautiful, Jason!

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  3. 9nein9

    9nein9 El Scratcho

    Nice job Jason! You're work is exceptionally clean looking. I hope to someday try doing a bowl once i get a few handles under my belt.
     
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  4. brit

    brit in a box

    looks awesome..love how the grains match..
     
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  5. thevez2

    thevez2 uses Gillette's new Tarantula Razor - 8 blades!!

    Anyone else dying to see what that first one turned into???
     
  6. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    Here's a some of my turnings. I like to do the stuff on the right (hollow forms). Some are junk some are o.k. Always thought the square bowl on the left would be good lather bowls, give you something to hold on to. I have a bunch of bowls but won't drag them out. I did turn all the fruit in the center bowl.
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    Here is the opening with my thumb for comparison.
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    Here's a pic of a burl on a piece of box elder, big enough for a couple of brushes or a small bowl. The pic with my thumb in it is made from box elder burl.
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    The far right and little ginger jar are local woods Box Elder and Russian Olive. American Elm, Ash and Cottonwood are other locals. Occasionally I'll run across some Maple and rarely Walnut but they're infrequent and small.
     
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  7. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    Awesome work! Love the vessels with the small openings. Very skilled work. Did you shop build a curved scraper to get the inside walls done, or did you buy a specialty tool for it?
     
  8. oscar11

    oscar11 Well-Known Member

    I made a couple and bought one but don't use it much. One catch or stupid move and it's toast. If it's on the lathe I consider it broke until it's parted off the lathe and in my hand. I broke a nice rosewood handle last week, of course I just didn't think for an instant and gone. I've broke a lot of stuff.
     
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  9. Hembree

    Hembree Not as pretty smelling

    Jason....you make it look easy. Great job and beautiful work.
     
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  10. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    Alumilite is a good product. Not cheap. Very tough.
     
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  11. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    That was a very Dr. Seuss looking handle! I learned a couple of things on that one and would make a few changes next time around.
     
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  12. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    I looked it up a few days ago. I assume you get the 'Clear' turning specific product from them? It says Vacuum or Pressure it to avoid bubbles. I have neither. Is it necessary?
     
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  13. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    I recall reading about a home made pressurized container for impregnating superglue to stabilize wood. Schedule 40 PVC pipe in 4" diameter is rated for 133 PSI operating pressure & 710 PSI burst pressure. Schedule 80 4" at 194 & 1100. A suitable small chamber might be constructed with a threaded cap for access and a motorcycle tire air valve stem. Sorry for U.S. numbers. I have no idea how that translates to Metric measurements.
     
  14. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    Yes- I use clear
    Yes- pressure (not vac) is essential with this resin.
    Alumilite isn't the easiest to work with at first, but it turns really well and is incredibly durable. I was trying to break up some small pieces with a 5# hammer and got nowhere!
     
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  15. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    Another fun fact about Alumilite- it isn't cheap either.
     
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  16. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    None of them are. I guess exotic woods aren't either, though.
     
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  17. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    Nope. Luckily, brushes are small.
     
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  18. jtspartan

    jtspartan appropriately stimulated, via Netflix

    PSI works for me, Rick. Thanks!
     
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  19. RyX

    RyX DoH! Staff Member

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    Not like that stuff grows on ... Well, one man's exotic tree is another's backyard shade.
     
  20. KUSTOM

    KUSTOM Well-Known Member

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    There's a shop here in town that has a stack of reclaimed Teak from Myanmar. $30.80 per board foot. Most of it is 2X12 so $61.60 per linear foot. So expensive but so nice!
     
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