Woodturning is said to be the safest form of woodworking, that said it can still be dangerous and care should be taken at all times

The methods and procedures I show here are what I do at the moment and feel safe doing, I am not suggesting that you should do things the same way, that is up to you, if you don’t feel safe doing it one way find another way of doing it.

Above all take care and remember if this is your hobby it is supposed to be fun so enjoy it.

The next job is to glue the dowel in place I use the cone drive in the tail stock to center it and push it in to make sure it is fully home.   Put some super glue on one end of the dowel and put it in place against the hole in the bowl. Immediately bring up and lock the tail stock then wind it in to push the dowel home..


Whilst in this position I use the cardboard template and put a mark on the dowel 5/8” from the ball.


Now remove from the chuck and it should look as below.


Now put the Jacobs chuck in the headstock, a good idea is to give the Jacobs chuck a tap with a piece of wood just to seat it firmly in the headstock so it wont come out as the lathe is turning.   Put the ball in the chuck making sure the mark you made is showing, now sand the ball to your required standard.


Now you have to decide how to finish the top, I usually colour them but you could leave them plain and just polish them.   For colouring I use felt tip pens that are child safe when dry.


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