Wood Turning on Unimat 3

My wood turning technique will horrify the professional and amateur wood turners alike. However, having never had a lesson and starting with an Emco Unimat 3 when I was 11 years old I’ve developed a style where I mix metal turning and wood turning techniques.

The first stage for me is to screw the roughly circular piece of wood to the faceplate. I use self-tapping screws and washers.

I rough out the shape using a tool fitted to the topslide. I can face the part and top the outside down to something resembling cylindrical.

The part is spinning at approximately 1500rpm.

Take small cuts and please do wear a dust mask as the dust is very fine and some woods are really bad for you.

I turned this step that will be in the base of the bowl and will allow me to hold the bowl when I turn it around.

As you can see in this image I’m using a 1/4″ square piece of steel fixed in the top slide as a tool rest.

I rounded off the corner using a hand chisel on the rest.

I then moved the rest so that it overhung the centre feature that I had turned and I again used a hand tool to create a bowl so that it would sit properly once finished.

It’s now been turned around and held in the 3-jaw metal chuck.

Again using a piece of 1/4″ tool steel as a rest so that I can free-turn with a chisel.

You can see just how thin this bowl/plate has ended up.

I’m turning some bog oak that I have lying around, it turns quite well, but it does show a lot of grain and can leave plucked edges.

The bowl after I had finished turning, sanding (fine paper just to give it a nice finish) and then waxing / burnishing with a rag whilst it is spinning.

The final bog oak bowl at barely 3″ in diameter
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Have been making models since I was around 7 years old and using a lathe from the age of 11, a self taught engineer with a passion for making model engines.

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