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The Making of a Walnut Bowl/Tray

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Blog entry by cranesgonewild posted 03-10-2011 08:10 PM 6609 reads 38 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was visiting my parents over the Christmas holidays, when I noticed a plastic tray full of candy on the coffee table. My mom told me she got it from the dollar store. She also told me that she loves this bowl because of the divided trays.
So, being the woodworker that I am. I decided that I was going to make one out of wood. Without anyone knowing, I took measurements.
I do own the CMT bowl and tray bit, and it does come with a template for making this tray. However, the overall size of that would be 15” to 16”, and mom’s plastic tray was 13”. So, I made my own template and this is my blog about the entire step by step process.
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This is mom’s plastic tray to be copied.
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I got out the compass and started drawing a circle on 1/2” MDF.
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Hole cutting bit at the drill press.
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Compass with extension.
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Drawing some reference lines.
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It’s starting to take shape.
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A forstner bit does a better job at cutting the corners, then a scroll saw could.
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Off to the scroll saw.
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The finished template.
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Rough piece of 8/4 walnut. I used two pieces like this.
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Time to plane the rough stock.
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Off to the jointer for the flat edges to be glued together.
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The planer and jointer do a beautiful job at squaring up stock.
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Load up the edges with glue.
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A good set of clamps are a must.
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Scraping off the glue.
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Here I traced out the template to make sure it all lines up properly.
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The template is then screwed to the walnut.
The screws are also countersunk to allow for a smooth surface for the router to glide on.
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I use a forstner bit at the drill press to clean out most of the stock.
I could just use the bowl and tray bit, but this saves on the wear of the bit which is a little pricey.
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The first section is done.
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Now I router out the section to a smooth finish.
I also use a 3/8” thick piece of acrylic for the router base.
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The router bit has a big bearing which rides along the inside of the template.
After the first pass, I lower the plunge router 3/16” and go around the inside again.
After a few more passes, the bearing ends up riding along the inside of the bowl.
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There was a lot of measuring to insure I don’t go right through the bottom.
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Great! One section is done.
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The second, third, and forth sections are done the same way.
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Now I’m trying to find the center of the circle with a speed square and a regular square.
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Now that I have center, I use my compass and draw out the outer edge of the bowl.
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I then put the template back on one last time to route out the center.
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All the inside routing is complete.
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Over at the band saw, I cut the perimeter of the bowl 1/16” bigger from the line to allow for sanding.
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I sanded the insides with a really cool product from Lee Valley, called New Wave sanding discs.
These oversized discs have wave-like edges that curl over the sides of a sanding pad, a design that helps prevent the edge of the disc from digging into the surface of the wood, particularly when working in a tight radius.
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These are a real time saver.
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The outside is sanded down to the line with the oscillating belt sander.
This is a great sander for the home workshop. I just got it two months ago.
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The oscillating sander came with 80 grit. I also bought 120 grit.
But, now I want an even smoother finish.
So here, I used a piece of cut-off from the band saw and sanded with 220, then 400.
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This handy device will prevent any flat spots.
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As you can see, everything is square.
A 1/8” roundover bit will be used for the top, to round things off a bit.
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For the bottom, I used a 3/8” roundover bit, but raised it 1/8” above the tabletop to give it a ‘foot’.
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After a bit more sanding, it’s time for the finish.
I use a food grade, mineral oil.
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The bottom is complete!
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This inside is looking pretty dry.
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The mineral oil really brings out the wood grain in the walnut.
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Done!
Now it’s off to Newfoundland.

-- I'm a Fungi --



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jockmike2

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#1 posted 03-10-2011 08:28 PM

Beautiful job, nice finish and the walnut is gorgeous. If it’s for Mom, she’s going to toss her plastic one.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 03-10-2011 08:30 PM

VERY NICE! I love the pictures of the complete process!

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degoose

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#3 posted 03-10-2011 08:34 PM

Very well documented… thanks..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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Tyler

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#4 posted 03-10-2011 08:41 PM

very cool and thanks for posting the steps

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stefang

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#5 posted 03-10-2011 08:48 PM

A really wonderful and inspiring blog. Great step by step detail, perfect photos and a beautifully done project. I think your mom will love this.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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lew

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#6 posted 03-10-2011 09:04 PM

Great Tutorial, Thanks!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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SPalm

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#7 posted 03-10-2011 09:13 PM

Gee, that was fun to watch the step by step.
I sure loves me some walnut. It looks great.

Good job Sir,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Joe Weaver

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#8 posted 03-10-2011 09:18 PM

Thank you for sharing

-- Joe, Ga

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HerbC

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#9 posted 03-10-2011 09:30 PM

Chad,

A great project and a great blog documenting the details of making the bowl. I’m sure your Mom will treasure it always.

Where in Newfoundland does your family live? My wife is from St John’s. As I’m sure you know, there’s nothing like the Newfies…

Thanks again for the great job documenting this project. I look forward to seeing more from you in the future.

Be Careful!

Herb

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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mafe

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#10 posted 03-10-2011 09:34 PM

Wonderful blog yes.
It was really a pleasure to follow.
Thank you to take the time.
Wonderful candy also…
Best thoughts,
Mads

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

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McLeanVA

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#11 posted 03-10-2011 10:32 PM

Really nice tutorial. Thanks for posting. I always wanted to know how these were made. The end product looks awesome. Incredible job.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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Mary Anne

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#12 posted 03-10-2011 10:45 PM

Lucky Mom!!

An excellent clear and detailed tutorial. Thanks for the time and effort you put in.
I’ve been using those wave sanding discs for a while on my turnings; great product.

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harrywho

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 11:03 PM

Thanks for taking the time to create a GREAT tutorial. Beautiful bowl, love walnut.

-- Harry, Indiana

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pickpapa

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#14 posted 03-11-2011 12:36 AM

Outstanding job. This tutorial is among the best I’ve seen. I have been inspired to attempt this one myself. I love the use of walnut too. There’s just something about the feeling like you’re inside a humidor while working the wood. Keep up the great work.
Pickpapa

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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Roger

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#15 posted 03-11-2011 01:01 AM

very awsome tutorial. nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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