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I am just now becoming familiar with it.

Does anyone care to educate us further on what it is, how it works, and why you do it?

 

Thanks!

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I belonged to a forum "Woodworking Friends" which recently closed down.  There was a group there that made some beautiful bowls with that machine.  The attraction is the fact that a bowl can be made from a board thus less materials.  Many designs can be made by gluing up boards of different colored wood species.  He is a "Dizzy" bowl that is popular with them.  There is a lot of video on YouTube.

 

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I just got a ringmaster, still haven’t assembled it. Hoping to get an attempt at a bowl this summer.

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4 hours ago, lew said:

Here's a video you can relate to, John-

Wow that is awesome! Thanks for the video Lew, that just looks too danged fun!

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3 hours ago, HandyDan said:

Many designs can be made by gluing up boards of different colored wood species.

Dan, thanks for the pics, those are really neat. Really neat!

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1 hour ago, Artie said:

I just got a ringmaster, still haven’t assembled it. Hoping to get an attempt at a bowl this summer.

That is great news Artie!

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I had a ringmaster and they work as advertised. A person can make a bowl from a board pretty quickly. Two things I didn't like about it. Without a lot of finagling, the bowls all look like a funnel IMO, and they have corners. I don't like corners in a bowl. That, and there is always a plug in the bottom to fill the hole left by the mounting bolt. Overall, the bowls from a ringmaster just don't appeal to me.

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RM bowls have a large learning curve. You cannot use lathe tools so start with 50 or 60 grit and work up. You can make a bowl to look like a segmented piece or many other patterns. I have not done one but curved pieces can be done but takes more than one board. There is a measuring process to determine the angle needed to cut the rings and there are different thickness you can cut for rings. The traditional way to cut rings is to leave a hole in the bottom but they can have a solid bottom. Dizzy bowls are a very involved process and work best with a jig to cut thin layers with a bandsaw.

 

The lathe itself is made in either a lathe mounted or freestanding with motor. Mine is lathe mount. There are accessories to set the blades (yes there are two) . One blade cuts the front and one cuts the back. The cutting mechanism is moved forward after each cut .

Rings are stacked and clamped for gluing.

 

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Blank glued up and planed.

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This is the top view. You can see the original board in the bottom.

 

 

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YUP! That’s what I want to be able to do. 

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I learned about the ringmaster 30 years ago when working for Shopsmith and sold the Smitty model units.  I agree with Steve about their limitations but it is a great way to convert flat stock into a turning. 

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So the side job for my friends that I’ve been working on since October 2017, is OVER! I have some time time for myself, SHHHHHHH don’t tell anyone! As a reward to myself, I bought me a Ringmaster. I read up on it, watched some videos, and maybe I’m giving myself too much credit, but there didn’t appear to be too much talent needed, that I couldn’t learn how to use it (understanding that some firewood may be produced in the beginning LOL). I have too many projects started and not finished (maybe I’m not the only one with this problem? LOL), so I’m gonna finish some stuff first. I’m thinking September for a first attempt. Some of the segmented turnings are awesome looking. So because we like pictures, here are some of it outta the box, and then assembled and on the Shopsmith.

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Way to go Artie.:cowboy:

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I see in your in your first picture you have a "PAG" (precision angle guide).  Here is a video on how it is used.  This guy knows the Ringmaster inside and out.  Check out the rest of his videos too.

 

 

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Well Artie that is the first step. Not just take a look at the chart I sent you .

1.  cut the blank into a circle,

2.  Drill a 1/2 inch hole in the center ,

3.  Measure thickness in several places and average,

4.  Get out that chart I sent you and use the PAG to set angle,

5.  Mount blank and cut rings.

 

Why wait for what you can do now?

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Looking forward to your experiments, learning and final products.  Those are amazing.  Glad you have one.  

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I can provide a little moral support myself Artie. Have at it.:) What I know about turning you could write on a postage stamp.

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