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TURNING A BOWL WITH A MATCHING LID - PREPARING THE BLANKS

V. Ryan 2012

 

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A bowl with a matching lid is best turned from a single blank. This ensures that the grain matches, making the final product more aesthetically pleasing.

 
Carefully select a ‘blank’. The blank should be wide enough to provide a body and a lid.
   
   
A band saw is used to cut the lid from the body.
   
 
 
Technically the body and lid are both blanks and they are prepared for turning in the same way as any single blank.
   
Diagonal lines are drawn on the surface of the blank, in order to find its centre.
   
A circle is drawn, with its centre the crossing diagonal lines.
   
 
   
A bandsaw is then used to remove the waste material and the circular blank is ready for the lathe.
 
 
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