I round my blanks, I use cardboard circle templates. In the center of
each template there is a hole where I placed a stick pin to hold the
template in place. If I don't have a template the right
size, I'll use either a big compass or make a new template.
In this case I used a large compass so I can decide where I wanted my center. I marked the circumference then bandsawed along the pencil mark.
Next, I use a spring loaded center punch to enlarge the hole. Since the hole is a little hard to see in the photo, I placed a chalk mark for clarification.
(This is the inside of the bowl)
|Here I'm using a speed square to help me eyeball a straight hole. I'm using a 2-1/8" forstner bit mounted in a hand drill.
|I drill to a depth of about 3/8"|
|I place a chuck with a set of #2 jaws into the hole.
|Here is the bowl mounted on the lathe and now I get the chance to try out the new home I gave my Thompson bowl gouge.
|Outside all roughed out along with a 2" tenon