Mistake produces 2 economy bowls

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Project by rockmolsen posted 03-26-2016 06:31 PM 2017 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to try an “Economy Bowl” project using laminated scrap lumber. I was planning on staggering the rings to create that “dizzy” effect. So after gluing up a 10”x10” panel using zebrawood, purpleheart, bubinga, walnut and maple, I began using a compass to layout the base and rings. The ring width is supposed to be the same as your board thickness. Since I was going to use my band saw with the table tilted at 45 degrees, it dawned on me that I should cut the board in half first and then layout the rings so I did that, laying out a new ring pattern with a slightly larger base on the opposite side. I cut the base and rings from the first half and then proceeded to cut the second half not realizing I had flipped the board over. When I put the 2 cut halves together I realized my mistake, (see pic 5) so now what?

After a few minutes of cursing myself I decided I would use some other material to complete the rings for each different set, using the cut rings as a template for the new halves. The finished thickness of the glue up ended up being 23/32, same as plywood. I used some decent quality plywood for the one and milled some other hardwood (maple) I had laying around to size for the other. The bowls are about 10” D x 3.25” H.

One of things we all deal with is how to salvage our mistakes. Though not the original plan I’m quite happy with result.

Thanks for looking !

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 03-26-2016 07:04 PM

Those are some neat bowls. I like the way they “turned” out. lol

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#2 posted 03-26-2016 07:23 PM

Mistake or no, they both turned out beautifully !

Nice !

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#3 posted 03-26-2016 07:28 PM

hi great looking design for not going to plan
you have came up with a very nice bowl
by salvaging your mistakes
like them

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#4 posted 03-26-2016 07:30 PM

Rick, you shouldn’t have even told of a mistake. They look really good to me.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 03-26-2016 07:54 PM

Thanks all, a year or so ago I would have just throw it out and started over but now I like that my brain can save a project from the burn bin.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#6 posted 03-26-2016 09:28 PM

Great save Rick…I have “mistakes” laying all around the shop waiting for a fix some day. Rick you would love making bowls and a Ring Master…I do

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 03-26-2016 09:57 PM

Larry what is a ring master ?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#8 posted 03-27-2016 12:50 AM

You gotta love it when “mistakes” turn out beautifully. These are good looking bowls.

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#9 posted 03-27-2016 01:21 AM

Purdee darn good mistake/s. Those are awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 03-27-2016 05:20 AM

Rick I thought you knew about the Ring Master…you can find them at: I have owned and used one for about a year and love it. So many different designs you can make after you learn a bit about it. If you visit this web blog: and scroll down the home page to the heading Ring Master lathe turning, you can spend hours enjoying lots of bowls us members have made. The machine can be purchased free standing (includes the motor) or built for use on your home lathe.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 03-27-2016 09:09 AM

Amaizing patterns! Thanks for explaining us the making process, some things are much clear to me now. Good idea gluing sraps to make something beautiful like those bowls.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 03-27-2016 02:34 PM

Wow, I need to make mistakes like that. Great bowls.

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#13 posted 03-27-2016 02:47 PM

I like em,great job.

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#14 posted 03-27-2016 04:19 PM

I’ve done a few “mistake” bowls myself! These turned out great. I’m officially naming the secone one “The Picasso Bowl” ;)

-- No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow your progress, you're still way ahead of everyone who isn't trying.

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#15 posted 03-27-2016 04:55 PM

Mistakes are on my list daily, and “turn” out for the best. ;o) Excellent regroup.

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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