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Anatomy Of A Turned Bowl

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Anatomy Of A Turned Bowl

Bowl turning is one of the most popular small shop hobbies for woodworkers. But how much do you know about it?

Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Bowls are made up of three basic elements.  They are:
    • A. 

      Body, interior, exterior

    • B. 

      Interior, rim, and body

    • C. 

      Rim, body, base

    • D. 

      Foot, base, stem

  • 2. 
    For the base of a wood bowl, you should:
    • A. 

      Always make it flat

    • B. 

      Make it thicker than the sides

    • C. 

      Apply green felt to it

    • D. 

      Have the base fit the intended function of the bowl

  • 3. 
    The thickness of the sides of a wood bowl:
    • A. 

      Should always be 1/8-inch thick

    • B. 

      Should always be of uniform thickness

    • C. 

      Should have a curve

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 4. 
    The measure of perfection in a turned-wood bowl is:
    • A. 

      A bowl designed with attention paid to its intended function

    • B. 

      The largest one on display

    • C. 

      The bowl with the thinnest walls

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 5. 
    If you are making a bowl for holding popcorn
    • A. 

      It should be really large if you like a lot of popcorn and don’t want to continually refill the bowl

    • B. 

      Have a round bottom so that it sits comfortably in your lap

    • C. 

      Be sturdy enough so that when it’s dropped it doesn’t crack—bowls easily slip out of buttery fingers!

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 6. 
    Salad bowls
    • A. 

      Should be painted on the inside

    • B. 

      Should be large enough so that a large salad can be tossed

    • C. 

      Shouldn’t exist because you don’t like greens

    • D. 

      Have round bottoms so that you can tip them toward you when serving yourself

  • 7. 
    The rim of a bowl
    • A. 

      Is sometimes not apparent, but always there

    • B. 

      Can be twice as large as the body of the bowl

    • C. 

      Can curve inward to invite the eye into the bowl

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 8. 
    The kind of wood to use for a pleasing bowl
    • A. 

      Should be limited to only oak

    • B. 

      Can be made from any type of wood

    • C. 

      Must be made from wood that is at least 3-inches thick

    • D. 

      Depends on the time of year you are making the bowl

  • 9. 
    All thin-walled bowls
    • A. 

      Will warp to some extent over time

    • B. 

      Will eventually crack

    • C. 

      Should be less than 1/64-inch thick

    • D. 

      A & B

  • 10. 
    The process of designing a bowl with a pleasing rim, body, and base is
    • A. 

      Just too difficult to figure out

    • B. 

      Something that should be left to your spouse

    • C. 

      Like putting together a puzzle of your own design

    • D. 

      Not important