More Small Bowls from Indexer

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More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby Fleming » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:23 pm

Must be Bowl Season :)
Here are some more bowls recently done on my indexer.

Thanks for looking.

Flwr Lattice Cherry.jpg
Flowers on Lattice carved in cherry

Oak Leaves.jpg
Oak Leaves carved in walnut

Flowers on Ripples.jpg
Flowers on Ripples in walnut

Eagle Flight.jpg
Eagles

Eagle Scripture.jpg
Eagle Scripture
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby dwilli9013 » Fri Jan 06, 2017 5:30 pm

Simply stunning work. Thanks so much for sharing.
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby mtylerfl » Fri Jan 06, 2017 10:09 pm

Beautiful job on all, Fleming! I'm a little partial to the Eagle one...I created that model (https://store.designandmake.com/shop/product/10042)
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby Leo » Sat Jan 07, 2017 12:48 am

Fantastic.

That is on my bucket list.
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby mfirlott » Sat Jan 07, 2017 1:09 am

Exquisite!
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby martin54 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 12:27 am

Wow, these are stunning, thanks for sharing :lol: :lol:
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby bolingerbe » Sun Jan 08, 2017 2:16 am

This is excellent work. Makes me want to finish learning my how to use my indexer. Thank you for sharing and inspiring others
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby PaulRowntree » Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:05 am

Very nice! what would the diameters be ?
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby Fleming » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:31 pm

Thank you for the kind comments. These are fun to make and fairly easy with Aspire and an indexer.


Paul, most of these bowls are 5-6" in diameter and 3-4" tall.
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby SteveNelson46 » Sun Jan 08, 2017 6:45 pm

These bowls are the only ones I have seen using an indexer (I think). Your design and workmanship is outstanding. If I may ask, how did you hollow the inside?
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby Fleming » Mon Jan 09, 2017 3:19 pm

Steve,

I rough out the bowls on a normal lathe before putting them on the indexer. I usually leave the wall thickness about 1" or so depending on the wall shape I design in Aspire for the 3D carving. See topic

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for how I do exact shaping of the inside of the bowl if I need that - otherwise I just put the carved bowl back on the lathe and finish the inside. I am still experimenting with the best process for doing all this when I have a design that "cuts through" the wall so the bowl has a lighter feel to it. I will post examples of that once I cut one successfully.

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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby martin54 » Thu Feb 23, 2017 2:38 pm

Paul bowl making is something that I have just started to look at, put a post up about one that went wrong & Leo happened to comment about stress relieving. Have watched quite a lot of videos by hand turners who rough out a bowl shape & then put the piece to one side for a year or so before remounting it & finishing it.
Is this something you have had any problems with making any of the bowls that you do ??

I don't have a rotary axis so an limited in what I can actually do but got ideas for a few different basic shapes which I think I will probably be able to produce using 2 sided machining
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby Fleming » Fri Feb 24, 2017 1:44 am

Martin,

For the most part I turn the bowls "green". I find that cheery, walnut, and most fruit woods are fairly stable as they dry when turned that way. I usually rough turn leaving the sides about 3/4" thick and then a couple days later do a final turning and immediately put on the CNC for carving. The stock I have been using are from trees on my property that have died or been blown down.

The disadvantage, especially with wet walnut, is they tend to be fuzzy and require more sanding and cleaning up. Buying large pieces of wood that are already dry (air dried is preferable to kiln-dried) is fairly expensive - especially when like me you are on a learning curve and hate to burn a piece of wood you just paid $20 to $30 bucks for :cry:

Lately I have been experimenting with two techniques to maximize use of the wood. In the first one I use the same technique as used for making bandsaw boxes whereby I cut out the center of a 2" thick piece and then slip the two pieces apart and glue them back together with about an 1/4" overlap thus ending up with a 3 3/4" thick piece to work with as shown below:

Bandsaw cutting.jpg
Making 2" thick into 3 3/4" thick


The other technique is to simply glue two pieces together to get a thicker piece and design it in such a way that the glue line is hidden underneath as shown in this 2" piece of cherry on top of a 1" piece of walnut.

Cherry on Walnut.jpg
Carved cherry on top of walnut base

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Be glad to answer any other questions you may have. I encourage you to make some and eventually add an indexer :)

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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby martin54 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 3:10 am

Paul, why is air dried preferable to kiln dried wood ?
Not actually sure where I would be able to get hold of fruit woods but will look into that, I buy most of my wood from the same Sawmill & it is all sourced fairly locally I have seen the odd bit of cherry but that is about all I have seen up there.
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Re: More Small Bowls from Indexer

Postby SteveNelson46 » Fri Feb 24, 2017 6:47 am

Paul,

I missed your post last month with the explanation of how you hollowed the inside until today. Thank you for explaining it. Your work is just beautiful.
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