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Old 12-04-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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Default Dave's improved clamps for bowl presses

The worst part, for me, of using a bowl press is the time it takes to tighten and loosen the wing nuts. Spacers help, but it's still time consuming.

Once again, Dave has made it easier for bowl makers. He fabricated some PVC quick clamps for 3/8" carriage bolts that slide down the carriage bolt, then easily tighten down to hold the top of the press firmly. He's making some improvements, but for a first run, I think these are pretty cool.

Here's what they look like in action:

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And here's what they look like, close up.

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Dave said that they have a 5/16" hole drilled in the middle, are tapped with a 3/8-16 tap, and then a 3/8" hole is added at 12 degrees. If you're interested in learning more, you can reach Dave through his website, scrollmania.com.

Thanks, once again, Dave, for your invaluable help to bowlmakers!
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Old 12-04-2013, 10:42 PM   #2
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That's the first thing I'll make before I start a bowl. It looks like it will keep it in place while the glue dries. There is a jig in the shop that Ward had made a few years back before he passed and it looks like it might work, but the bowl press looks far better than what he made. He never made any bowls that I know of but did have a lathe and he turned some nice projects. Thanks for sharing the idea
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If you go to http://www.scrollmania.com/Documents...ersalPress.pdf you will find plans for a really nice Universal bowl press.


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I saw the plan for that bowl press. It looks great. Looks useful for other things too. I have mine made and love it. I have a box shaped like a tatting shuttle in it now and it is my own drawing. I tried the Poly draw thing but it doesn't work for me at all. I put in all the information according to the tutorial and got just a circle and no lines for the rings or the drill holes or the horizontal and verticla lines. Never had this kind of math in school growing up at all. Thanks for the information on the bowl press. Have a great day Fay
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AWESOME.... the wheels are turning here now.
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Your experience is common. When I first introduced polydraw, people where just entering random values to see what sort of picture it would make.

Go through the tutorials. Carole was gracious enough to review and edit them so they are readable. You will be designing bowls in no time.

It took my about 10 minutes to design my lastest bowl.

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I put in the exact information the tutorial says to and got just a circle. So do you click draw after every time you put in a number or some thing? I tried both ways and just a circle comes up. No inner lines or the horizontal and verticle lines or the drill hole are there. I'll play with it a little more. Knowing me I'll probably end up using just the circle and drawing my own lines. Thanks any way. Have a great day Fay
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Have you seen the video on YouTube about Polydraw. It may be a help

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All I could find on you tube poly draw was about bags, not bowls. It did not look any thing like the poly draw on the scroll mania site. It was 3D and I did not find any videos on the scroll mania site. Is there a link to the video? I wasn't able to find any on drawing a plan for the bowl. My computer has no sound so it might not be of any use but won't know until I see the video. Thanks Fay
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I played with this some more, but like I said, I've never had this kind of math. I finally got the 4 circular lines, but not the drill holes or the horizontal and verticle lines in my drawing. There are some bowl patterns in Carole's book so will make a couple of copies of some of those one of these days when I go home and try to cut out some thing. I won't get a bowl cut out until after Christmas. Have a great day..... Fay
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