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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 02-11-2010 04:38 AM 2510 views 21 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had promised all L Js to give full details about The Striped Bowl With Reversed Dots. To fulfill my promise, I built and turned a new bowl and took a dozen of pictures to show the making of the bowl step by step to make explaination easier. But I had to keep half of them because of the space allowed. So here I am.
I started by cutting unparallel purple heart and orange osage to build 210×210x50mm square block and then cut it round, as in photo 2. I used 32 and 26mm flat drilling bits and I pushed them in only 12mm deep on the bottom side of the bowl. ( It is easier to fit a shallow plug than long one, but, however, I had to drill through with smaller bit, 7mm, to release air pressure when I pushed the plugs in )
Photo #3 shows how I tranfered the circle to a prepared piece made of reversed colours by using thin plywood stencil drilled in the same size of the hole.
Photo #4 shows how I brought the plug to the right size ( airtight ) to fit the hole by using the disc sanding machine.
When all the plugs were in place, I pushed the round block against the sanding disc to level it and then I covered the bottom with matching timber. This step is optional. I covered the rim with reversed colours. At that stage I ran out of timber and I used offcuts by working on each piece individually.
The block was ready for turning and photo #6 shows you how the reversed plugs start emerging.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 04:52 AM

thanks sam .
pretty much how i thought you did it ,
the trick with the ply and marking it for the joint line
is not something i thought about ,
i figured you just measured the distance to the joint from the center of the hole .
sanding all those plugs to fit must be fun ,
i have plug cutters from 1/4” to 1 1/2” to work with .

your work is incredible ,
thank you for sharing !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 05:38 AM

Great piece of work. Thanks for sharing the step by step.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 05:42 AM

Wow Sam
Amazing stuff. I couldn’t have come up with the concept near enough the technique.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 06:35 AM

Thank you, Sam!!

If you want to show all of your pictures, why not consider posting this as a “blog” instead of a project.

In any case, I really appreciate your sharing of the technique,


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 02-11-2010 07:18 AM

Thanks for sharing this Sam! Very clear description. Now I can ponder over somehting else in my spare time ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 02-11-2010 07:40 AM

All I can say is Wow!

-- Theresa,

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Sam Shakouri

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#7 posted 02-11-2010 09:07 AM

Lew, I did consider sending it as blog, but I found it too cmplicated to add the pictures, for someone new with the computer business. Probably next time. Thanks anyway.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#8 posted 02-11-2010 11:54 AM

Hey Sam,
Now that is one cool bowl…nice job mate.

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#9 posted 02-11-2010 02:26 PM

That is beautiful, thanks for sharing your technique.

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#10 posted 02-11-2010 02:33 PM

Totally cool!! Thanks for sharing the process pictures!

-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#11 posted 02-11-2010 03:19 PM

Very creative I’m sure your proud!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 02-11-2010 03:19 PM

Very inventive – Great wood choices.

Thank you for sharing

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

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#13 posted 02-11-2010 03:50 PM

Thanks for the well done tutorial. Clear and concise. Only problem is, you make it look simple. :)
I imagine fitting the plugs to match exactly is a painstaking process. Your work is an inspiration to press on to try new things.

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#14 posted 02-11-2010 04:41 PM

That is very cool, thanks for explaining.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#15 posted 02-11-2010 06:39 PM

I was hoping there was a simpler solution. That looks as painstaking as I first imagined it would be. I don’t think I have that kind of patience… Looks great, love the effect. Thanks for sharing the project and technique with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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