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Old 07-29-2014, 02:31 PM   #1
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Default Ring Master bowls

Have had the machine a couple weeks and through allot of trial and error (allot of error) I sure won't say I have it mastered, but sure understand it much more today. Here are the last two bowls I made. Only rough sanded so far and have not plugged the hole as yet. The first on is about 9" across made from Koa with white oak strips and the second (about 7") one is Mango with Koa strips. All pieces were laminated together and rings matched when gluing.

I really like the Ring Master and know I will have tons of fun making bowls on it. Later on I will try segmented bowls.
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Old 07-29-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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Very nicely done Larry. Thanks for sharing this with us. I wish I had room for one but alas I have a 10 x 10 space and it is crammed full to the rafters.

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Old 07-29-2014, 06:25 PM   #3
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How are you planing to fill the hole? That is only drawback I see in the machine. I guess you could use a plug bit to make a plug? Looking good!
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Old 07-29-2014, 07:42 PM   #4
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Let us know how much time you spend sanding as compared to time spent cutting the rings. I found a lot of sanding required when I used a Ringmaster years ago.
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Old 07-30-2014, 12:26 AM   #5
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Jim once you learn how to cut the rings properly...there is a little learning curve, not allot of time is needed to sand. I learned from a friend to start with a heavy grit (36) that will knock all the edges off fast, and then go up to 400. I remount the bowl after the glue up onto the RM and I can sand the inside and outside at the same time while it's spinning.

As for that hole, you use a 1/2" Plug cutter and cut two...one for inside and one for outside of the bottom..then sand them flush. Most people will use the chunk of the same wood so the plug matches, but I will highlight it so it stands out a bit. It sure is fun. I don't use a lathe, so this is much faster than cutting them on the scrollsaw, and when done correctly, the rings match up very well.
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Old 07-31-2014, 02:00 PM   #6
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Excellent projects so far Larry, especially since you have had it for such a short amount of time.
I have been cursing you and blessing you since you first posted about you purchasing one. I had never heard of the ring master and am loving what I see made from one. I am pretty sure I will be purchasing one myself in the near future. I love the finished product and looks easy enough to do. That is why the cursing and blessing part. I am on the blessing side of the fence because you are an awesome dude.
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Good for you Larry . Glad you stuck with it
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