- 14 Feb 2021
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- Poole Dorset
Morning. I've just cut up a sizable piece of chestnut with the 'hope' of making a shallow bowl/plate/platter for the other half as she's got a birthday soon.
The diameter is 400mm/16" & 80mm/3 1/4" thick. It weighs in at 12kgs with face plate attached or 8kgs alone.
My lathe is 1 hp and will attach by 6 screws. It's still green so would you suggest I wait for it to dry or give it a shot now?
Some pics of the set up.
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Hi ShanYour faceplate is 4kgs?
If I had time I would rough turn it round seal the end grain and let it dry for a few months at least, a moisture meter would be useful, you can bake it in the oven or even microwave to speed the drying process but you have to be careful. You could also turn it thin and hope it doesn't warp too much. I'm sure someone more knowledgeable will be along soon to tell me I'm an silly person
Some good idea being suggested. Can I suggest that you trim the blank round on a bank saw or a jig saw before turning. The shape you show is not balanced and is likely to assist in greater vibration until it gets to a balanced round. I would then start at say 400rpm and take it from there. You could then turn the bowl to finish and then leave it to see if a distorted shape develops as the wood dries. You can get interesting distortions which may turn the bowl into an Object D’Art! Good luck.