Routed, Test Bowl/Tray

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Project by Gerry posted 03-21-2015 01:40 AM 1448 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Routed test bowl, I received a plunge router bit for gouging bowls and thought I would give it a test, turned out ok. I will leave the end grain thicker next time. Making the template took the most time.

-- Gerry-Abbotsford BC

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#1 posted 03-21-2015 08:02 AM

Very nice…what type of template did you make for this? Did you use your router to hog out all the wood? I know some folks use a forstner bit to clean out most of the wood then use the bowl bit. I’m sure the wife would like a few of those since she throws lots of parties.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 03-21-2015 08:07 AM


That’s a very good result.

Routing close to the end grain side usually results in bits blowing out.

Something to consider:
To prevent this problem reduce the length size of the template and table saw/sand the ends to a final size after routing.
Keep up the good work!

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 03-21-2015 04:56 PM

Great idea.
I seem to collect a lot of short scraps of mixed hard woods that I hate to put in the wood stove so I have been gluing them together and turning them on the lathe to make platters. Your serving tray design would also make good use of those scraps.
I’m thinking it could save some router time to precut the wood strips on the band saw before glue up. Then clean them up with the router. I may give it a try.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 03-23-2015 04:21 AM

Hi Larry, I just used a piece of 1/4” plywood and ran the bearing on it until it was deep enough for the bearing to run on the bowl. I did use a forstner bit to hog out a majority of the wood then basically cleaned it up with the router.
Hi Robert,
Yes I did cut it down to final length on the table saw, i would probably leave it a little longer next time as it is extremely thin in this case.

-- Gerry-Abbotsford BC

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