Bowl Bottom Jaws

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Project by Bill Akins posted 1909 days ago 4724 views 45 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had been wanting a set of Cole Jaws for my lathe to hold a bowl while removing the tenon on the bottom. I ran across this plan and decided to give it a try. Pretty easy to make and also cheap. The plans called for making tapered dowels for the hold downs but a friend suggested rubber testtube stoppers. I ordered them from A peice of scrap plywood and some screws/washers was all I needed. (Of course a lathe and bowl chuck)

After assembly, I tried it out on several bowls and the jig worked liked a charm

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 1909 days ago

That looks great. If you make a lot of bowls, you’ll definitely get a lot of use out of it.

-- - In the end, everything will be okay. If it isn't okay, it isn't the end yet.

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#2 posted 1909 days ago


This is really neat!!

The test tube stoppers are an excellent idea!

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

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#3 posted 1909 days ago

Great idea, thanks for posting it. I see it has been favored 8 times already. I’ll be #9!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1909 days ago

Great idea thanks for sharing

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#5 posted 1909 days ago

cool…no issues with the rubber marking the bowl???

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Les Hastings

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#6 posted 1909 days ago

Cool deal, thanks sharing it!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#7 posted 1909 days ago

Good job, Bill!

-- the last of Barret's Privateers...

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#8 posted 1908 days ago

If I did’nt already have a cole jaw, this is what I would do.

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

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Bill Akins

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#9 posted 1908 days ago

After doing 4 bowls, I had no problem with the rubber marking the bowl. Of course, they were already had the finish on them except for the bottom.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#10 posted 1907 days ago

Great job !!! Thank you for posting this handy money saver : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 1895 days ago

awesome, thanks for the link, and the thumbs up on the project. can’t hate the price on that one.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Occie gilliam

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#12 posted 1881 days ago

Grate idea Bill, thanks for the info

-- OC down in Costa Rica. come down and see me some time. I'll keep the light on for you

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#13 posted 1881 days ago

great idea well done

-- Custom furniture

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#14 posted 301 days ago

Hi great idea… what size are the rubbers?

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