|Project by Kindlingmaker||posted 09-17-2009 02:17 AM||2603 views||13 times favorited||29 comments|
The bowl is 11 ½” long by 9” wide and 5 ½” deep. It is made from recycled redwood that was 2” thick. I wanted to try and make a bowl without using a lathe and highlight it with box joints. The bowl was just an idea and I found it had a few difficulties to it. The first was that an 8” dado blade in a General table saw would not cut a full 2” depth box joint and came up a ¼” short. Oh well… After the glue up of all the sides I had to figure out how to taper and bevel the inside. Most woodworkers would have thought out this process first but not me. I tried a few different methods without much success until I ordered a Shinto rasp. That rasp is a wonderful tool to work with. With the course side of the rasp I quickly roughed out the inside then smoothed it with the fine toothed side. What a pleasure of a tool. I then tilted the band saw table until it matched the inside angle of the bowl and then cut the bulk of the outside wood off. Out came the Shinto rasp again to fashion the outside corners and give the bowl some flowing form. Flipping the bowl upside down I routed the inside bottom rabbit ¼” deep and ¼” wide to accept an inset bottom. The bottom was made from two smaller redwood strips that were glued together with TiteBond III. After a lot of hand sanding and some work with a 1” drum sander on a drill motor for the inside corners several coats of wipe on Varathane were applied then a coat of wax. Between coats of Varathane there was sanding with 320 grit and before the wax there was a sanding of 400 grit sandpaper. This is one of those projects that just popped into my head and I had to see if something would come from it. I think I would like to do another someday and make it better and a bit different…and try a different finish on this one.
-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings