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Blog entry by devann posted 01-26-2011 08:51 AM 9406 reads 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing all the fine scroll saw work on this site I wanted to share some pictures of a bowl that I acquired from a consignment shop where I sell furniture and other things that I build. First off let me be clear, I DID NOT MAKE THIS BOWL. I contacted Martin and he said this was the place for it, just credit the author. I do not know who made this bowl.

The story from the consignment shop owner is it belonged to some fellow and had been handed down thourgh the family. The guy didn’t want it anymore so the bowl was for sale for $5.00 at the consignment shop. I saw it and had to have it. The owner gave it to me. I know, the wood is worth more than $5.00, crazy huh? Sometimes you just get lucky. So I wanted to share my good luck with all you scroll saw users out there, here’s you another project to make, have fun. The bowl is 11” wide across the handle. Made from oak.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#1 posted 01-26-2011 09:13 AM

This is a great bowl.

Whoever did it certainly had a lot of imagination.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 01-26-2011 09:37 AM

Yes, these types of bowls always intrigue me. Looks like it could be fairly easy to make, yet how does one get the wood to “stretch” (for lack of a better word) into the basket. It looks like it’s just one continuous cut. Do you know what kind of wood this is? I wonder if a person had a really big piece if you could make a really big basket. I think I am going to go and try this just for the heck of it. I will let ya know if it works. Thanks for posting!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#3 posted 01-26-2011 12:33 PM

I agree with Alison – “how does one get the wood to “stretch” (for lack of a better word) into the basket”
I have seen these pattern around but never tried it myself- intriging none the less!

-- Theresa,

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David Craig

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#4 posted 01-26-2011 02:17 PM

I have seen patterns for this type of work. It is one continuous scroll cut from the outside to the center in whatever shape you decide on. In this case, a heart cut into a smaller heart, all the way until the last heart is cut in the center. On the top right corner of the first picture, you can see where the starting cut was made. The handle is fastened over the entrance cut so it helps mask it. Once the holding pieces on the bottom are rotated out of place, then the bowl pops out like an accordion. In order for it to work, the blade has be perfectly set at 90 degrees to the table, any flex on the blade will cause a catch that will keep the bowl from sliding out.

Thanks for sharing your find,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#5 posted 01-26-2011 09:49 PM

I have made several bowls similiar to this one. I bought the patterns from the “Berry Basket”. The continuous cut is made with your scroll saw table tilted at about 3 to 4 degrees. It depends on the wood and the size blade you are using. When you push it down, it wedges against the next rung, and then the next rung and so on until it stops. It holds itself in place once it is fully extended. If you push too hard it will break though. Trust me on this. LOL This one has a entry cut as mentioned by David, but mine were made with a starting hole from the inside of the cut.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 12:32 AM

A major Wow! I have got the try one on these! Great job and thank you!

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

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 07:41 AM

Thanks for sharing this devann; I too have seen these over the years but have not tried to make one yet. Pretty cool stuff. Nice pics by the way.

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 09:12 AM

As soon as I read Dave’s post about making sure your blade is 90 degrees, I thought to myself how great that he mentioned that. Sooo many projects can be totally screwed up if your blade is out of whack.
But then below
I read Pdub’s comment about the blade being tilted to 3 or 4 degrees. This too really makes sense as he describes it makes the rings wedge up against each other.
@devann, can you see by looking at it if the cuts are a bit off or right on? Yup I think I will try one.
I wonder if a square would be possible?

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 02:06 PM

This is really an interesting basket. Let me know if you figure out how to make one and maybe I will give it a try.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 02:14 PM

These are so cool! I have a couple of these that I have designed also, although I have made small candy dishes using the same method. when I first did one, I didn’t really think the wood would be able to bend to make the base of the bowl,but it really does and it is quite flexible. It is a very clever design and quite a lot of fun to make. So cool!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 06:59 PM

I have double checked the bowl and I’d go with Pdub. It appears to be 2-3 degree cut. It also looks like a thicker rather than thinner blade was used. A good bit of material was removed when the cut was made, I’m guessing this helps the “stretch effect”. Think of one of those camping cups that collapse upon itself. Note the gaps where the cut was made in the photos where I stood the bowl up in the closed position. Hope this helps y’all, let me know if there more you want to know about it.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 09:53 PM

When I have made mine, I used a #7 reverse tooth blade, but I think a #5 would work if you used a slightly different angle. I made the majority of mine out of oak when I first started and I noticed that cutting a circle pattern reacted differently than cutting an oval. The circle seemed to unwind more than the oval so you had to twist it as you expanded it. (I hope that makes sense) Also, once you tilt your table you have to cut in a certain direction (clockwise or counter clockwise). Example: If your table tilts down to the right and you cut in a C/W direction, ( meaning you spin the piece of wood C/W on the table) you will push down to create the bowl. If you were to push up from under the board the rings will not wedge against each other. It sounds complicated but it’s not once you sit at your scrollsaw and actually see how the cut is made.

I hope I haven’t confused everyone!

Darrell: I hope you don’t feel like I am trying to take over your Blog. Just trying to shed a little light on the subject.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#13 posted 01-28-2011 03:40 AM

Don’t worry, I’m ok with your comments Paul. That’s what this part of the page is for. Glad you can help, I don’t even own a scroll saw. I don’t know one scroll saw blade from another. I just thought the folks out there who enjoyed the scroll saw would get a kick out of something a little different. The bowl does appear to have some age on it. Thanks all of y’all for taking the time to help one another. Now I gonna go do what I come to this website for. Look at the cool woodwork made by others.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#14 posted 04-01-2013 04:32 AM

This is awesome. I will def give it a try. Thank you for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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