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From board to bowl #1: 12" Scroll Saw Bowl Blank

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This blog will show how I make a 12” bowl blank from 1 BF of lumber.

Cut a 12”x12”x3/4” square and draw an X from corner to corner to find the middle.

Using a compass draw a circle in the middle of the board the size you want the bottom of the bowl to be. In this case around 4”.

Draw concentric circles spaced the thickness of the board (in this case 3/4”)

Drill 1/8” holes at 45 degrees on the 4 inner circles to insert a scroll saw blade into later.

Cut the outer circle at 90 degrees on the BS or scroll saw

Tilt the Scroll saw table to 45 degrees. Take the top of the scroll saw blade loose and slide the blade through the hole and reattach the top of the blade. Cut the first ring free. Repeat for the other rings.


Glue and stack the rings together and weight it down until the glue dries. ( I have since built a simple bowl press but weight will work fine)

I only have a face plate that must be screwed on so I glued a piece of paper between the bowl and a sacrificial wood disc that will receive the screws. When the turning is done just tap a chisel into the joint and the paper will tear in two. Then just sand the paper/glue off.

And the last step is the most fun. All you have to do is turn the pilot holes out , sand, and finish.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois



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Kindlingmaker

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#1 posted 1288 days ago

YES! Thank you! Great show n tell.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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superstretch

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#2 posted 1288 days ago

Nice… really catches the streaks in the grain.

So.. is the syrup bottle for glue a wood workers trick?

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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SASmith

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#3 posted 1288 days ago

Hey stretch. I buy my glue by the gallon. I have found that the syrup bottle works great for cutting boards. Not too bad either for bowls.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 1275 days ago

That is an interesting technique. I think that the end product bowl is very similar to the Ringmaster bowl. Good blog and clever process.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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michelletwo

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#5 posted 1274 days ago

Bowls from a board is a great process. Very “wood economic” Thanks for the tutorial

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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TDW

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#6 posted 1269 days ago

Thanks for the detailed explanation – I can’t wait to give it a try

-- Tom, Ky., http://tomandmaxinewynn.com

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mafe

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#7 posted 1243 days ago

Hi SASmith,
This is really clever! I have to give it a try.
Thank you so much.
Thank you for the kind mail you send me.
best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mafe

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#8 posted 1243 days ago

Ohhh yes, and a really good tutorial, so easy to understand.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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SASmith

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#9 posted 1242 days ago

Thanks Mads
I cant wait to see what you come up with.
Dont forget that this can also me made with a laminated blank.
I have been making “cutting boards” lately only to cut them up again and make a “cutting board bowl”.
Check out my projects for some examples.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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jeffster

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#10 posted 1234 days ago

Thank you thank you! I have some old, old boards that I’ve bee trying to figure out how to use and get the most out of them… and now I need to get a tool i never thought i’d use… a scroll saw :)

-- I measured it twice and it's still too short!!

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#11 posted 1133 days ago

Very nice, I thnk I may try combining some of this with my way of doing scroll saw bowls
Thank you

-- RavinHeart - Wisconsin

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#12 posted 1001 days ago

Great info, Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#13 posted 882 days ago

did you free hand the circles on the scroll saw or use a circle cutting jig?

Brian

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BrianA

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#14 posted 882 days ago

did you free hand the circles on the scroll saw or use a circle cutting jig?

Brian

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SASmith

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#15 posted 882 days ago

BrianA
I usually freehand them on the scrollsaw and did on this blog.
I sometimes make my bowls with a band saw and the half circle jig seen in pics 3 and 4 of this project.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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