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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 08-11-2014 04:43 AM 1957 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been on a tear making routed bowls, cutting boards, serving boards and more over the last year.

The remainders from the 8/4 stock had been accumulating on a shelf under the router table … and it was time to put it to good use. The result? 20x routed bowls, the largest of which is 6” diameter. I built up some of the blanks with 4/4 stock to make more interesting pieces.

All will be sold in the fall craft fairs.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 08-11-2014 08:18 AM

Henry great weekend projects look great will have to attempt this good use of cut offs

-- woodnutbob

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#2 posted 08-11-2014 11:38 AM

A great use of the leftovers. A functional piece from blanks, very smart.

-- Skilled craftsman are not cheap, cheap craftsman are not skilled. Bert, Wooster

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#3 posted 08-11-2014 01:35 PM

I’ve been wanting to try some bowl routing and this inspires! (as if my router table didn’t make enough sawdust and wood chips already).
When you do this, do you start with solid blanks or just build up the “edges” of the bowl so there is not so much waste in the middle?

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#4 posted 08-11-2014 02:35 PM

Very nice. I too am imspired and plan on making some of these myself.


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#5 posted 08-11-2014 02:53 PM

For these bowls, I used solid blanks – almost everything came from small cut-offs that I couldn’t use another way. When I’ve made larger routed bowls, I’ve definitely done some build-ups that left the middle of the bowl hollow. For anything under 12”, though, I just drill out the waste.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#6 posted 08-11-2014 04:12 PM

Nice grain combos and a great use of cut offs.

You should do quite well at the crafts’ fair as these are
pleasing to the eye, good job.

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#7 posted 08-11-2014 04:38 PM

Thanks for the explanation Henry – I’m definitely going to give one of these a try! Your’s are beautiful!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 06:34 PM

Very kewl, they are beautiful

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 08-11-2014 07:32 PM

Nice! I dont see a bad one in the bunch!

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#10 posted 08-11-2014 08:48 PM

That’s cause the bad one didn’t make it out of the shop. It had a knot near the rim, and I got it thin trying to take it out … and then I broke it. So, 21 bowls became 20. I think we’ll all survive. And maybe I’ll learn a bit about stock selection.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#11 posted 08-12-2014 12:05 AM

Great looking bowls—and great use of your scraps!

-- Dean

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