Jan 2018 Topic

Bowl Turning – various techniques

By Tod Raines

Some articles provided by Tod Raines you might be interested in:

Bandsaw Circle-cutter http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/BandsawJig1Jan2018.pdf

Twenty Ways (not to turn a bowl) http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/HowNotToTurnJan2018.pdf

Log To Turn http://wntx.org/images/newsletter/LogToTurnJan2018.pdf


In this bowl turning demonstration, I’ll show a couple of jigs for processing logs at the bandsaw. Then I’ll show a couple of different methods of holding blanks on the lathe for traditional and natural edge bowls. I will also show different tools used to make essential cuts in the wood.

Bowl turning is fun and easy. I enjoy the fluid movements and relaxation I get out of turning a bowl. Since the club is asking everyone to help create bowls for the ‘Empty Bowls’ project I thought this would be a good demo topic.

I started woodworking in the early 1990’s making furniture and built-in cabinets for our home. I bought my first lathe in 2002 and was self-taught for the first couple of years. I then got involved with the Dallas Area Woodturners (DAW) club and the American Association of Woodturners, which was a big help in exposing me to all kinds of turning and training. I am now the treasurer for the DAW club and will continue to serve on the board for the next few years. I am also the Vice Chair on the City of Allen Public Art Committee.

I have learned a lot about turning by watching club demos, taking some classes, going to SWAT and visiting with other turners. I also read a lot, watched a bunch of YouTube videos and practiced and practiced

After being in the tech industry for 23 years, I now own and operate the Woodturning Tool Store, an online retailer dedicated to providing quality tools and equipment to the wood turning community.