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Yarn Bowl 'J' Slot Jig

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Project by TheDane posted 04-22-2016 12:39 AM 1470 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has taken up knitting, and wanted a yarn bowl, so I made her one.

She took it to a club meeting and several of her friends said they would like one, too, so I guess I’m in the yarn bowl business!

This is the jig I use to cut the ‘J’ slot with a router. This jig is based on an article in the October 2014 edition of American Woodturner (the AAW journal). I use an upcut spiral bit and a guide busihing in the template, then cleanup with a Dremel tool.

Here are some of the bowls I have done:
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-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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doubleDD

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#1 posted 04-22-2016 02:04 AM

Very impressive.

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

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#2 posted 04-22-2016 02:35 AM

What diameter spiral up bit do you use?

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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TheDane

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#3 posted 04-22-2016 03:02 AM

These were done with a 1/4” upcut spiral bit running in a 5/16” guide bushing.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#4 posted 04-22-2016 04:21 AM

Very nice…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 04-22-2016 06:44 AM

Clever.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#6 posted 04-22-2016 12:46 PM

Very nice! How about a photo of the actual template, I’d like to see that too!

-- Dennis, WV

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TheDane

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#7 posted 04-22-2016 07:27 PM

Very nice! How about a photo of the actual template, I d like to see that too!

- drbyte

Here are a couple of cell phone pix of the jig and template …

I made the template so it could be positioned to accommodate various sizes of bowls. The jig has 2 threaded inserts in the top of the fixed end. The template has several counter-sunk holes for 1/4” x 20tpi machine screws so I can position it for the best possible result.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#8 posted 04-24-2016 12:29 AM

Very COOL, Gerry!

... and the bowl sides are flat enough for them to be clamped to the template! COOL!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#9 posted 04-24-2016 12:48 AM

... and the bowl sides are flat enough for them to be clamped to the template!

The bowl sides can have pretty substantial curvature. The router has enough travel in the plunge to make the cut. The bowl in the pix is propped up in the jig with a block of wood and a scrap of plywood so only a small portion of the rim is touching the fixed side of the jig. The adjustability of the jig makes it possible to hold some pretty odd-shaped bowls.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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mafe

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#10 posted 04-24-2016 02:10 PM

Clever thinking!
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 11-11-2016 09:07 PM

I took the great idea you had to rout the “j” slot for the yarn bowl but subsitued the scroll chuck I used to turn the bowl to hold the bowl on the lathe to rout the slot. I built a stand to mount on the lathe bed and reach out over the turned bowl and support the router template. (same template you used with 1/2” guide bushing and 1/4” bit.) This all worked well. Be sure to lock the spindle and take small bites with each pass of the router.

-- Don, TN

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TheDane

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#12 posted 11-11-2016 09:27 PM

I took the great idea you had to rout the “j” slot for the yarn bowl but subsitued the scroll chuck I used to turn the bowl to hold the bowl on the lathe to rout the slot.

Sounds like a workable idea, depending on the shape of the bowls. I thought about doing it that way, but the shape of some of my bowls would require a pretty long router bit.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 11-17-2016 03:44 PM

That is a cool idea, Gerry. I could have used one this week .

cheers, Jim

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

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