Christmas Stocking Router Bowl

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Project by rooster posted 12-09-2009 02:17 PM 3691 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw something similar in one of the woodworking catalogs. I decided to try my own. First I started by gluing up two pieces of leftover red oak staircase treads. Then I printed out a picture and made a plywood template for the inside of the bowl. Attached the template and hogged out most of the material with a forstner bit. Then I cleaned up the remaining material with a spiral upcut bit. I added a couple of wooden plugs to hide the hole from the point on the forstner bit.

Next I just used a divider/compass to trace along the inside of the bowl to get the outside pattern. I cut it out on the bandsaw and then….sanding, sanding, sanding. Finished it with tung oil. I gave it as a present to our friends who invite us up to their cabin every year to cut christmas trees.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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#1 posted 12-09-2009 02:31 PM

Excellent work. Stair treads are often an excelllent choice when you need thicker wood.

-- jstegall

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 03:18 PM

wow this is nice work. and makes for a great gift.

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 04:49 PM

Looks really good – you you did not need to purchase the kit.. ;-)

Question about your plywood pattern (more about the plywood you used). I have been using 1/2” MDF for patterns, but plywood would be more stable. I was considering going to 1/4” or 1/2 Baltic Birch, if I got smooth enough edges… What thickness and type plywood did you use?

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#4 posted 12-09-2009 04:54 PM

That looks great!!! Very well done, and great gift. Do you mind if I steal your idea?

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 05:02 PM

I used some cheap 1/4 plywood for the template. I have a router bushing kit that I used to ride along the inside of the template.

Steal away, I stole it too. It was pretty easy to do. But I don’t have a bowl bit, so no round/cove/curvy part in the bottom of the dish.

Any thoughts on recessing the back of the dish slightly. I was thinking that since I removed that much wood, the dish might warp. My thought is that a slight recess, maybe 1/4”, would help to maintain stability. Any suggestions from all the bowl turners out there?

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 05:05 PM

Good looking bowl and design!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 12-09-2009 07:11 PM

Hey Rooster. nicely done dish. Keeping an even wall/bottom thickness usually prevents warping, but it’s no guarantee if there are stresses in the wood due to funny grain.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 08:06 PM

Great idea. It could easily be expanded to Xmas tree designs or even a sleigh.
If the wood was dry and you put a finish on it I doubt there will be a problem with warping unless the wood had some wild grain pattern

I usually use 1/4” masonite for template patterns. Be sure to make the template big enough to clamp and still get the router in or you can use double contact carpet tape to secure it to the blank.

Also using two (or more) board layers like you did you could band saw, saber saw, or jig saw the top board (or two) to create the hollow area then glue it to a bottom board. and then cut the outside to shape; again with the band or jig saw. The bottom board could be cut of planed to 1/2” or /14”.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#9 posted 12-10-2009 07:12 AM

Nicely done. I too may have to borrow this one for a some gifts next year.
Thanks much for posting.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#10 posted 01-11-2010 10:35 AM

Must a missed this one… Fantastic…could be adapted for all sorts of holidays… .

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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