How I developed the BowlSaw

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Blog entry by Steuss posted 12-10-2008 12:15 AM 2811 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m an amateur woodturner—about 5 years experience. While turning some expensive 6” Ebony bowl blanks my thinking was “What? Why do I have to waste all that wood in the center?” And so I took almost a year to design a hand-held tool which would save that center for another bowl. My purpose was to develop a tool for amateurs that would sell for under $40 and would core 6” and 8” bowl blanks. I succeeded and I’ve made over 40 sets of bowls from every exotic wood from Paduk to Cocobolo and Bocote All have turned out perfectly except for a bowl blank of Tulipwood that was cracked to begin with. When I took this tool to my club in Santa Rosa, they watched me demonstrate it while I made 3 sets of bowls in 40 minutes—then they sat on their hands with the objections—”It’s too dangerous. It looks wicked!” But they never tried it for themselves—just judged it by appearance. I’ve sent out over 35 copies of the tool, some free on evaluation—almost all positive responses—and even from the negative side came a response: “Would I buy it? Nope! But it does work? Yes, and probably better than advertised!” Now that’s what I call a “left-hand compliment”. Check me out at —Richard R. Steussy

-- Dick, Novato

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#1 posted 12-10-2008 01:03 AM

sounds nice…lets see some pictures of it in action.

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#2 posted 12-10-2008 01:36 AM

pictures or it didn’t happen…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 12-10-2008 02:49 AM

the price sounds good… but lets see it!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 12-10-2008 04:25 AM

so, you said you succeeded…can I buy one from you for $40? =)

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#6 posted 12-10-2008 04:54 AM in Action)! Yes, I can deliver the BowlSaw for $39.95—for either the 6” or 8” bowl blanks. (I’m trying to get a picture from Photobucket to insert in here. Does anyone know how to do it. I want to show you this tool. I’ve uploaded to Photobucket, but I don’t know how to get it from there.} Dick

-- Dick, Novato

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#7 posted 12-10-2008 04:56 AM

I wished I hadn’t put it in the club library. This past weekend, I could have used it to core a cherry burl I was turning with a fellow LJ member!

The quote on the original post is mine, and it is accurate. If you turn exotics on a regular basis, it may be worth the investment for the tool. It is not at all difficult to use, and works to produce a core in a few minutes.

-- Steven

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#8 posted 12-10-2008 04:20 PM

Need to see this thing in action. bump

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 12-10-2008 04:42 PM


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#10 posted 12-10-2008 05:04 PM

I too would sure appreciate some pictures and your detailed explaination for its use.
The system around now are relatively expensive and produce cores that leave a lot to be desired.


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#11 posted 12-10-2008 07:40 PM

I apologize for not getting pictures in the BowlSaw blog yesterday, but I’m still struggling to get Photobucket to work with Lumberjocks and so far no dice. Will get that picture to you as soon as I can. If you want to know more you can e-mail me at Thanks. Dick Steussy

-- Dick, Novato

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#12 posted 12-10-2008 08:04 PM

Here is the picture of my BowlSaw that I promised. I hope it comes through from Photobucket. This one is called BowlSaw in action and shows me taking a cored center from a 6” bowl blank I cored. Dick, Novato

-- Dick, Novato

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#13 posted 12-11-2008 06:48 AM

DaveR, thanks, Steuss, pretty cool. Not a turner much yet, but great idea, good luck with your idea.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#14 posted 03-15-2009 05:29 AM

This is such a practical and easy tool to use. It makes an expensive or unusually nice piece of wood into more finished projects than just saw dust! I recommend this tool for even the novice woodturner.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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