Segmented Mickey Mouse Bowl

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Project by KE4NYV posted 11-20-2015 01:31 PM 1877 views 6 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Mary has been asking me for a bowl for the last year (at least). She also has a slightly unhealthy obsession with everything Disney. I decided I wanted to melt these two things together into a really special gift for her.

The woods are black walnut and maple. Simple, classic. The maple feature ring segments were all cut on my CNC to get a perfect Mickey sillouette cutout. My original intention was to infill it with black walnut, however, even using my smallest endmill and filing at the rounded inside corners to make it fit, it just wasn’t working. In the end I elected to use black dyed epoxy. This ended up giving me a great look, but the epoxy was a total pain in the ass to turn. It makes a huge mess and for some reason the insides kept catching and gouging into the epoxy. At some point I gave in and left the gouges there, but luckily they were all on the inside and not super noticeable.

The rest of the bowl was straight forward segmented work. Twelve segment rings, all black walnut, made from 3/4 stock.

I took at least a hundred pictures during this build, but the ones posted above are really the highlights.

More important, I have a new video up on my YouTube channel this morning of the whole build:

-- Jason R.

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#1 posted 11-20-2015 01:59 PM

Very nice bowl! I am sure she will appreciate it.

I don’t do much turning and have never tired to fill a pattern with epoxy. Does epoxy normally catch while turning?

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#2 posted 11-20-2015 02:36 PM

Very nice and cool idea. I used dyed epoxy to fill cracks when turning but not like this. Good to know.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 11-20-2015 03:44 PM

This is very creative and nicely done. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 11-20-2015 03:59 PM

Now that is nice :-) Everybody would like to have a bowl like that. It fits in any place, any room, any house. Well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 11-20-2015 04:00 PM

A really neat bowl. I was wondering about all those cut outs. Sure is nice to have a CNC. I have to farm my work out to who ever I can find!! I enjoyed the video and your happy recipient!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 11-20-2015 04:15 PM

It makes me smile. Well done


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#7 posted 11-20-2015 04:37 PM

I like it! As I was reading, I was thinking about whether or not the epoxy would turn well. Good to know that it should probably be avoided, but it looks to me like you did a great job with the challenge!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#8 posted 11-20-2015 04:38 PM

This project caught me eye immediately.
While I don’t turn myself, I am a fan of segmented bowls.
You did a fantastic job!
I really like it.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Chem, Central California

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#9 posted 11-20-2015 06:31 PM

Excellent job. I love the bowl.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#10 posted 11-20-2015 06:57 PM

Top job Jason, the end result is quite unique indeed,

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 11-20-2015 08:36 PM

hi great bowl i love it what a great present to get
i am sure she will cherish it for many many years


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#12 posted 11-20-2015 11:44 PM

Very nice bowl. No doubt she will will enjoy it.

-- Joe - - When 10 million people believe in a dumb idea, it's still a dumb idea.

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Jack Houweling

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#13 posted 11-21-2015 05:18 AM

Very nice Jason, what a super bowl.

-- Jack, Delta B.C.

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#14 posted 11-21-2015 06:01 AM

Very cool, great post!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#15 posted 11-21-2015 01:20 PM

Thank you EVERYONE for the kind words and compliments!

-- Jason R.

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