Finishing the Bowl

Finished Bowl

Finished Bowl

Part one of this series showed me cutting some large oak crotches to eventually be used for bowl blanks.

Part two showed the roughing out of the first bowl from these flitches.

In this part, I finally finish the bowl.

I remounted the bowl in the chuck, and turned it on the slowest speed.  It wasn’t that far out of round, so I just turned it down to an even thickness.  Then I power sanded down to 400 grit.

Inside Sanded

Inside Sanded

I used lacquer sanding sealer to seal the pores, and the surface is smooth as glass.  I then finished it with Hut Crystal Coat.

Outside Sanded

Outside Sanded

I tried to chuck it into my jumbo jaws, but the diameter is too large for the lathe, so I tried to mount it outboard.  I had to open the jaws so far, that one came out of the chuck.

Mounted Outboard for Bottom Turning

Mounted Outboard for Bottom Turning

I was little worried about turning it this way with the jaws so extended, so I returned it to the normal position, and mounted it over the bumpers of the jumbo jaws, and held on with the tailstock.

Reversed over Jumbo Jaws Bumpers

Reversed over Jumbo Jaws Bumpers

I turned it down to a small nub, and then finished it.

Sanded Bowl

Sanded Bowl

It turned out really well.

 


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