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Cutting my first bowl blanks
Nov 22nd, 2020 at 9:32pm
 
I got six logs from a friend. Theyíre approximately 25Ēx18 give or take an inch or two. He said the logs are from a Wild Cherry tree that was blown down last month in a storm.
I got in my new chainsaw and decided to have a little fun yesterday.
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Reply #1 - Nov 22nd, 2020 at 9:35pm
 
This is my first time cutting up logs and I probably have a thing or two to learn. But I donít think I did bad for my first try.
The chainsaw is a Greenworks Pro 80V 18Ē.
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Reply #2 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 9:20am
 
Lee, since you're new at this, here's a guide to the basic forms and how/where to cut them out of a log.
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Reply #3 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 11:37am
 
You've gotten yourself off to a very good start and Ed's link is a wealth of information.  Before you go another step further I'd strongly recommend you seal the end-grain of those blanks.  While should be done in any blank preparation cherry is especially prone to checking.  If you don't have access to Anchor seal or one of the other end-sealing specific products you can use an old can of latex paint as a 'better than nothing' solution.  Good job and good luck...
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Reply #4 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 12:02pm
 
John Grace wrote on Nov 23rd, 2020 at 11:37am:
You've gotten yourself off to a very good start and Ed's link is a wealth of information.† Before you go another step further I'd strongly recommend you seal the end-grain of those blanks.† While should be done in any blank preparation cherry is especially prone to checking.† If you don't have access to Anchor seal or one of the other end-sealing specific products you can use an old can of latex paint as a 'better than nothing' solution.† Good job and good luck...


I spent two days watching videos on cutting logs to blanks, I think some of them were by forum members.  Thumbs Up
I canít find Anchor seal or any other end sealer in my area so I have been using latex paint. I sealed the logs when I got them a couple of weeks ago and I sealed the ends of the blanks right after I took the pic.
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Reply #5 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 12:09pm
 
Sounds to me like you're good to go.  Thumbs Up
Turning isn't rocket science but there are lots of little things that make up the whole ball of wax. Not all of which can be taught IMO
It ooks to me like your learning curve will be pretty small judging by your posts so far.
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Reply #6 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 1:10pm
 
Thanks Ed.
Iíve been watching videos for the last few months. Iíve gotten to the point of going back to rewatch some to see how the cuts are made and the techniques used.
I know that watching others turn and actually art two different things, I just hope that I donít screw up to much before I get the hang of it.
I think Iím gonna put the saw in the truck and see if I can find some more wood today.
Hopefully the stand for my lathe will show up soon so that I can start turning.
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Reply #7 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 1:47pm
 
I wouldn't worry about "screwing up", just get familiar/comfortable with some of the tools and the rest usually follows.
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Reply #8 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 2:52pm
 
The good thing about turning is if you screw up a piece, there is always another one in the pile. Smiley

Best not to do it with an expensive piece.. just "FOG" stuff...  found on ground.

I got alot of cheap wood that wouldn't matter if I messed it up. I lucked out and connected with a tree guy who would drop off logs in my yard... stuff that wasn't good enough quality for him to cut lumber from.

That cherry does look really nice!!!!

What are your plans for that rocker??
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Reply #9 - Nov 23rd, 2020 at 4:18pm
 
Ralph Fahringer wrote on Nov 23rd, 2020 at 2:52pm:
The good thing about turning is if you screw up a piece, there is always another one in the pile. Smiley

Best not to do it with an expensive piece.. just "FOG" stuff...† found on ground.

I got alot of cheap wood that wouldn't matter if I messed it up. I lucked out and connected with a tree guy who would drop off logs in my yard... stuff that wasn't good enough quality for him to cut lumber from.

That cherry does look really nice!!!!

What are your plans for that rocker??


That rocker belonged to my grandmother. She rocked me in it when I was a little boy. My uncle recovered the seat and painted it black.  Cry
My plans are to restore it one day.
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Reply #10 - Nov 24th, 2020 at 8:37pm
 
Lee

Green black cherry is a great wood for turning - it cuts very well.  But because it is such a gorgeous wood, it can be intimidating for new turners - "I don't want to waste my cherry!"

For those first hours making shavings, you might consider cutting 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" knot free squares from 2x6 framing lumber.  If your band saw won't cut through the 1 1/2" thickness, with patience one can learn relatively quickly to remove the corners and make the blank round on the lathe.  Make ten bowls without worrying about design or final appearance - the idea is to get some comfort and experience working with the lathe and the tools.  Next, try to make ten more or less identical bowls from more 2x6  squares, to gain more understanding of how the tools work.

After a number of years, I still occasionally use some 2x6 squares to experiment with new bowl shapes and details.
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Reply #11 - Nov 25th, 2020 at 6:49pm
 
Don Stephan wrote on Nov 24th, 2020 at 8:37pm:
Lee

Green black cherry is a great wood for turning - it cuts very well.† But because it is such a gorgeous wood, it can be intimidating for new turners - "I don't want to waste my cherry!"

For those first hours making shavings, you might consider cutting 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" knot free squares from 2x6 framing lumber.† If your band saw won't cut through the 1 1/2" thickness, with patience one can learn relatively quickly to remove the corners and make the blank round on the lathe.† Make ten bowls without worrying about design or final appearance - the idea is to get some comfort and experience working with the lathe and the tools.† Next, try to make ten more or less identical bowls from more 2x6† squares, to gain more understanding of how the tools work.

After a number of years, I still occasionally use some 2x6 squares to experiment with new bowl shapes and details.

You have me pegged. The cherry doesnít intimidate me, but I sure donít want to waste it.
After watching hundreds of videos and reading forums, my plan is to start with some blanks made from some 2x6 lumber.
I know that thereís a learning curve when it comes to the tools. Iíve always been good with my hands and with tools. Iíve been doing stock work for over 30 years. Iím just hoping that the learning curve will not be that long.
I would have already started turning but, thereís been a problem. I have limited space until I get my new shop built. When I ordered my lathe, Jet 1221VS, I ordered the stand for it also. The lathe arrived but the stand didnít. I contacted Woodcraft yesterday to see about the stand. They advised that Jet has them on back order and it may not ship until after the first of the year.  Cry
So now Iím thinking about buying or building a bench for my lathe, either of which will cost me money that I didnít plan to spend.
But while Iím thinking what Iím going to do, Iím getting more wood. If itís not raining tomorrow, Iíve got a sweet gum tree that I can cut down at a friendís house. Itís about 10 or 12 inches thick at the base and about 20 feet tall. I should be able to get some good logs from it.
Thanks for the advice, I canít wait to start turning.
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Reply #12 - Nov 28th, 2020 at 10:02am
 
I have the same lathe, and made my own stand out of some 2 x 4 glued and screwed. That will get you turning until the proper stand arrives. Plenty of pics of home made stands.
I glued 3 two x fours together for the feet with a gap in the middle as a mortise for the legs, which had the middle board sticking out as a tenon. Make a base for the lathe, and attach the base to the legs...done.

Cherry is a beautiful wood that will darken with age.  There is a store that carries the anchorseal, Woodcraft in NOLA should have it, or even a good lumberyard. If you are making blanks, I consider it a necessity.
I coat my rough turned bowls with it too. It keeps them drying evenly, and keeps warping down.
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Reply #13 - Nov 29th, 2020 at 6:29pm
 
John Cepko wrote on Nov 28th, 2020 at 10:02am:
I have the same lathe, and made my own stand out of some 2 x 4 glued and screwed. That will get you turning until the proper stand arrives. Plenty of pics of home made stands.
I glued 3 two x fours together for the feet with a gap in the middle as a mortise for the legs, which had the middle board sticking out as a tenon. Make a base for the lathe, and attach the base to the legs...done.

Cherry is a beautiful wood that will darken with age.† There is a store that carries the anchorseal, Woodcraft in NOLA should have it, or even a good lumberyard. If you are making blanks, I consider it a necessity.
I coat my rough turned bowls with it too. It keeps them drying evenly, and keeps warping down.


Iím going to look around some more in my area for Anchor seal. New Orleans is just over 60 miles from me, but I avoid that area like the plague.
Iím going to go to Home Depot to check out a workbench that they have on sale for $269.
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Reply #14 - Nov 29th, 2020 at 8:27pm
 
Lee Bihm wrote on Nov 29th, 2020 at 6:29pm:
Iím going to look around some more in my area for Anchor seal


In my area, Woodcraft and Rockler usually carry it.
You can always order it on Amazon, either original (some people prefer) or Anchorseal 2
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