Turning a Lidded Bowl
An internet friend had most generously sent me a turning blank of 8/4 East Indian Rosewood that was about 5”x5” square. I wanted to make something special with this most special piece of wood. After thinking about it for a while, I decided to make a lidded bowl. When I posted pictures of the final bowl on the info exchange forum at the Woodworker's Website Association a few members asked me to show how I did it. The pictures in this article are not the original bowl, but one I made later from walnut and maple.
Photo #1: Finding centre Photo #2: Mounting hole
I started out with a piece of 8/4 walnut about 6”x6”. I used a marking gauge to lay out the centre and made a starting hole with an awl. Then I bored a chucking recess about ˝” deep using a 1” forstner bit.
Photo #3: Ready to mount Photo #5: Chucking recess laid out
The 1” recess fits over the first step of the #1 jaws on my Oneway chuck and the face of the blank seats against the second step. With the blank mounted on the lathe I made a couple of light passes to true up the outside face and then used dividers to lay out the chucking recess for reverse mounting on my #2 jaws.
Photo #5: Chucking recess cut Photo #6: Starting to shape the bottom
I cut the recess for the chuck jaws, slightly undercutting the side walls for the “dovetail” grip. Then I can start to shape the bottom of the bowl.