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thin wall bowl
Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:37pm
 
just wondering what type of wood is good for turning thin wall bowls
thanks
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Re: thin wall bowl
Reply #1 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 8:05pm
 
Green maple has always worked well for me.
When it starts to get really thin, use your hand to support the off side, and I use a water spritz bottle to keep it wet, this lessens the tendency for it to warp as it start to dry while spinning.
Careful approach with very sharp tools and light cuts can yield a bowl that is almost transparent.
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Reply #2 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 8:39pm
 
don't do like i do and try to make the inside diameter greater then the outside diameter. Embarrassed Embarrassed
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Reply #3 - Mar 29th, 2010 at 9:21pm
 
I've turned a few lampshades out of maple and ash. After a few attempts I managed to successfully turn a few that were around 1/8'' thick. After beefing up the edges with some heavy wire, they are stiff and give off a nice amber light.
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Reply #4 - Mar 30th, 2010 at 9:12am
 
Julien, would you happen to have a picture of one? That sounds great!
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Re: thin wall bowl
Reply #5 - Mar 31st, 2010 at 4:28pm
 
von rywaczuk wrote on Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:37pm:
just wondering what type of wood is good for turning thin wall bowls
thanks


Any green wood would work fine
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Reply #6 - Apr 1st, 2010 at 8:15pm
 
Many lampshades began as bowls. Or should I say many of my bowls ended up as lampshades! Grin
In fact, there were no lampshades until woodturners cut through the bottoms of bowls...OOPS that was a secret!

What Ron said is true. Wet Aspen produces a very nice amber shade.
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Re: thin wall bowl
Reply #7 - Apr 3rd, 2010 at 7:22pm
 
I agree with some of the other guys - just about any green hardwood will work just fine. I turn lots of green birch as we have lots of it locally, green maple is a bit better if you can get it.
Suggestion- if no one has told you - if you are going to turn something really thin(< 1/8")- it has to be done all in one session without a break or it will warp and you won't be able to do anything with it.
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Re: thin wall bowl
Reply #8 - Apr 4th, 2010 at 11:23am
 
David Hamann wrote on Mar 28th, 2010 at 8:39pm:
don't do like i do and try to make the inside diameter greater then the outside diameter. Embarrassed Embarrassed


You mean thats not the way to do it  Smiley
Now ya tell me.The only way I make em thin is by acident.To me 1/4 " and I'm happy.  Smiley
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Reply #9 - Apr 4th, 2010 at 6:14pm
 
Ken Ward wrote on Apr 4th, 2010 at 11:23am:
You mean thats not the way to do it  Smiley
Now ya tell me.The only way I make em thin is by acident.To me 1/4 " and I'm happy.  Smiley


smiley=shake head.gif smiley=shake head.gif smiley=shake head.gif ... you nitwit... pay attention or you'll be making more shades!!! smiley=slap.gif
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