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This article is from Issue 46 of Woodcraft Magazine.
When turning bowls, I like
to rough out the round shape on the bandsaw first. The problem is that it’s
difficult to mark out the shape on a half-round blank that must be fed flat
side down for safety on the saw. My approach is to first create a circular
pattern from 1⁄8"-thick
hardboard, with a 1⁄8"-diameter
hole at its center. I nail the pattern to my blank through the center hole, and
then bandsaw just outside the edges of the pattern to create the round blank.
(Leave the nail proud for easy removal.) Afterward, I place the pattern onto
the flat side of the blank, and mark through the hole to establish the center
on that face for quick, accurate mounting on the lathe.
For convenience, I made a series of these patterns in 1"-diameter increments from 4" to 24", which is the limit of my lathe capacity. I just draw them out and bandsaw them to shape. They don’t have to be terrifically accurate since they’re just a rough guide.
Mike Kehs, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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