|Project by CaptainKlutz||posted 04-26-2014 05:27 AM||1840 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
Wanted to post a few pictures of some router bowls I made as Christmas presents for family and friends. Yes, It is long past Christmas season. And yes I’m playing catch up posting this in April.
The tree shape is made from hickory, with a walnut center board.
The candy cane shapes are made from 1 1/2” thick blocks of Spectraply bonded to maple.
The football shape is made from walnut and maple
I’m cheap and lazy. I used standard commercial templates from a Peachtree 50% sale. The Spectraply was from Woodcraft 50% off closeout sale, and maple/walnut was surplus from my workbench project.
The bowls for people who aren’t likely to know how to care for wooden kitchen bowls are finished with 6 coats of GF Salad Bowl finish (hard urethane varnish). The one with green/blue/yellow/red strips was finished with 4 coats of Tried and True Tung Oil for our home use.
Most of the gift receivers were amazed that silly me could make wooden bowl. I was surprised how easy it was to make them as well. Not sure I like to see most of the project wood removed to dust, but they were fun overall. The color patterns in the candy canes turned out very striking. I didn’t get as much wow factor from the Spectraply as you would from a turned, or round object; but the thanks to fire sale pricing, the Spectraply color patterns made the candy cane bowls look realistic.
One a light note – This Klutz only made one major mistake making these bowls. Forget to regularly clean and lubricate the bearing on the Whiteside bowl router bit, and burned up a bearing (after ~3 hours of routing). I’m sure it didn’t help that I my dust collection was manually stopping and dumping the bowls when it got sort of full. :) After I got the new bearing, and clamped in a dust collection hose; the bearing didn’t seem to load up with dust near as much. Live and learn.
I already have a bunch of “requests” (thanks to my wife’s FB pic posting) from every friend or friend of a friend who saw these bowls, on the shapes and colors they want to receive next year. I have enough requests, that I may need to start making them in September to get it all done in time. :(
Hope you enjoy.
Thanks for looking.
-- I'm not a woodworker, but sometimes I do occasionally find useful tools and furniture inside a pile of lumber!