I had this piece of walnut that was discarded by a furniture company. They are looking for consistency when they source their lumber. Anything highly figured or knotty usually ends up in the waste.

The best part about woodturning in my option is that no two bowls are ever the same.

I start off by locating a rough center of the piece and mark a circle. To make things faster on the lathe I use the bandsaw to rough out a circle.

Next, I drill a center hole for the chuck screw. I drilled too deep here, you will see me fix that by applying some CA glue and walnut shavings.

After shaping the outside and cutting a tenon on the bottom I flip the bowl around and begin to shape the inside. This piece of wood also had some voids on the inside, I fix them by applying more CA glue and shavings too. Using an activator sets the CA glue almost instantly.

Once everything has been sanded up to 800 grid I then take a handful of shavings and polish the surface. I find this to be faster than going up to 600 or 800 grit and produces a great result in my opinion.

Now you will see me chiseling off the tenon, This was because my flat jaws were unfortunately too small to hold this bowl.

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My name is Adam Patterson and I'm a full-time programmer and father. I make simple projects out of salvaged wood, steel, and other goodness.

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