MONSTER BOWL: Part 1
It helps to have a VB-36 lathe.
SHOP OWNER: Terry Daniel
LOCATION: North GA
This is a spalted poplar bowl that I've started turning. The photo at left shows the blank mounted, chainsaw-roughed and ready for turning.
The rough blank was about 40-in. in diameter by 20-in. deep; I'd guesstimate the weight at 600 lbs. I anticipate a finished bowl of about 36 x 16.
I mounted it on a 10-in.-dia. faceplate with (12) 3-in. lag bolts. I didn't use a tailstock.
For the rough-in process, I used a 1/2-in. and a 3/4-in. bowl gouge to cut gauge rings on the blank, then I removed the excess material with a 36-in. bar on my chainsaw. The VB-36 didn't even shake when I turned it on at 50 rpm.
In the photos below, taken four hours after mounting, the bowl is at 38 1/2-in. maximum diameter and starting to take shape.
I will send updates as the bowl progresses. Right now, I figure the chances of it making it to completion are about 50%.
. . . Terry Daniel
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