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  1. Lamar Wright

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    Thanks for the tip Odie, I wondered about the ease of slide with the wooden dowel? I'll get a couple of stainless rods. There are made already just need rods now. Thanks Odie and Happy turning!
     
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  2. Pete Blair

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    I agree with tossing it. I have taken these sort of issues on fishing trips and discovered that they burn just as nicely as wood that hasn't seen a lathe. I am NOT a fan of pieces with a circular filler in the bottom. My first reaction is always 'been there done that mistake'!
     
  3. Gerald Lawrence

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    I have one with wooden dowel also and it is hard to adjust. I tap it on the ways to adjust but Just thought that if the dowel was waxed it would adjust easier.
     
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  4. Mike Johnson

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    Old school method is to insert your lathe tool into the hollow until it hits the bottom of the bowl
    and sight down the outer edge of the bowl aligning both the closest and furthest edge of the bowl
    rim and placing your finger tip at that point on the tool.
    Remove the lathe tool from the hollow and hold it on top of the bowl aligning the finger tip on the
    outer edge of the bowl and sight down the cutting end of the tool to gauge how much material is
    left in the bottom of the bowl.
     
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  5. Lamar Wright

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    Hi Mike, that is the way I've been measuring bowl depth. Making one with stainless rods....... Happy turning!
    Thanks Gerald, I thought that wood on wood might not slide as well. Happy turning!
     
  6. Mike Johnson

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    You could use a straight edge across the rim of the bowl and use a tape measure to measure the depth.
    If you used the same concept and switched the round rod for a steel measuring rule you would quickly
    have an analog value of the depth. A rare earth magnet mounted into a wood straight edge would provide
    an easy way to attach a steel rule and allow it to adjust to the depth of the bowl.
     
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  7. Joe Greiner

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    Grip the rod with small binder clips on each side of the crosspiece. Very quick to adjust.
     
  8. stu senator

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    Embed a small rear earth magnet in the crossbrace and use a steel rod.

    Stu
     
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  9. John Tisdale

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    Dude - this is not a problem.
    The bottom broke out in a large maple hollowform some years ago - I cut it round and inserted a boxelder plug - I used black dyed epoxy to glue it in so there would be a clear glue line. The piece sold at my next gallery show: it had a story. The buyer was more impressed with the "little red surprise inside" than the rest of the piece. And I'm guessing that, due to it being the bottom, it rarely gets any light and is probably still bright red.
    I'd use a contrasting exotic wood and make it stand out. Better yet, find a bud at your club with a rose-engine lathe - go nuts with it.

    If it's worth doing it's worth doing to excess - moderation is for monks - if the meek inherit the earth, what's happening to us tigers?
     
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