Mastering Rings, Part 1, Two bowls, my journey in self discovery

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Project by bushmaster posted 12-04-2016 02:37 AM 2071 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first bowl that I made using the ring cutting dodad that I made, I used a complete disc for the top ring and then parted the center out. My last post. To make the first bowl posted today was made with the center cut from the first bowl. My idea to provide a center support while lathing the outside and to make a flared rim. Here is a picture of them both side by side.

Added a solid piece for the base and a birch disc for the top and finished it in the same manner as the first one. Just adding a colored ring around the top. I had thought
it would be a good thing to glue the rings together following the same grain direction. this piece had a mark in the grain so it wasn’t to hard. Planned to make a mark on the disc of the next one but forgot.
I had a nice wide piece of clear birch and was anxious to cut more rings. This time I cut a wider ring for the top to make the flared edge. Made it big as the board, but found out it was too big for may steady rest.

Doesn’t pay to be greedy, but managed to complete the project by letting the wheels run on the tapered side and make a disc to fit the inside top to do the outside. Never give up. Meet problems and solve them as you go.

Thanks for looking, suggestions on this ring cutting adventure appreciated and comments too, they are encouraging. So far it has been a fun adventure.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 12-04-2016 03:01 AM

I love the way you push yourself into new things

Great work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 12-04-2016 03:21 AM

Looks like an interesting journey Brian, and with interesting projects. I’ll be watching for further installments.
Looking really good.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#3 posted 12-04-2016 04:53 AM

It seems so easy when you do it. I bet I would have some hard time to make them – but that’s a point – a challenge!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 12-04-2016 08:05 AM

They are really fancy and good looking Brian. Great job Mate.
I’m looking at buying one of those doodads to suit my lathe, as I don’t have the gear to make my own.
Looking forward to your progress.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 12-04-2016 09:37 AM

All I can say Brian, is you are sure a go getter who will never rust out…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#6 posted 12-04-2016 04:39 PM

As always a great project; and well presented to us less talented sawdust junkies!

Missed the picture of the mountain in this post though!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 12-04-2016 05:18 PM

These are very nice bowls and the rings are an interesting technique worthy of investigation. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 10-30-2018 04:15 PM

Real attractive bowls, Brian!! sure takes a lot less wood them hogging them out of solid!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#9 posted 11-04-2018 02:17 PM

Thanks for the comment and looking at an old project. When I got the email, I couldn’t figure out the title and had to go to it, posts always say a name, but this one didn’t. Wonder where these bowls are, must have given them away. I participated in a talent event at our church and gave a bowl made with the rings as a draw, A very handicap girl won it. Also a bread knife for someone to make a donation to a worthy cause. Any way I have an idea in my head to make one of those bowl coring units this winter, Would be nice to get more than one bowl out of a large burl.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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