St Patrick's Day Project

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Project by rsmith71 posted 03-10-2010 05:31 AM 2655 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been really busy re-doing my entire shop space and needed to do something different. There’s still some work on my shop itself to finish, but I decided to do this for fun. With St Patrick’s Day coming up I made this bowl using a paper shamrock decoration I found in a dollar store to make a template.

The bowl is all poplar. I dug through a lot of scraps at work looking for the darkest green pieces I could. Some were even into purplish-black but I used them anyway. I glued and clamped them up and flattened the blank out using the wide-belt sander at work. I traced the shamrock onto 1/2” MDF and cut it out on the scroll saw and cleaned it up with the OSS. The bowl was routed out using a CMT bowl bit and extension in a router and rounded over with 1/4” rdius bit around the top.

I’ve gotten one coat of salad bowl finish on it so far. I’ll probably put another on tomorrow or the day after.

It’s good for a candy dish or whatever my wife wants to use it for since it was for her anyway. I’m kind of getting it into my head to make candy dishes or bowls for different holidays of the year for our house.

Hope you like it!

(Edit)- Forgot to mention: bowl is 3” tall, 2 1/4” deep and just over 13” across x 13” tall.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 05:37 AM

Cool project Robert… Man I can see a pile of chips in the bowl to go with the green beer…lol

Nice work.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 05:46 AM

Great Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 06:15 AM

Sweet project. How many pieces of wood did you glue together?? It looks like a lot because of the funky grain pattern on the side

-- "May you live in interesting times"

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 06:21 AM

Dean- My scraps were 3/4×2 1/4 so there are 18 pieces stood on edge across the bottom and 6 pieces laid flat across the top.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 07:15 AM

I WANT IT, I WANT IT, WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT, WANT IT, I WANT IT!!!!!! In other words….. Nice job!

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 08:31 AM

cool job looks wonderful

-- wood crafting & classes

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 09:23 AM

very unique…. good work on this one…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 01:48 PM

Erin go bragh!!!

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 03:19 PM

The shamrock shaped chip bowl is a very neat and creative idea and it is obviously well done.

I also have to comment on something else I noticed, the bamboo router table top. I have discovered that bamboo can make a great surface for a workbench or router table, or DP table, etc.. I’m surprised that more people have not made this discovery.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 04:39 PM

Top of the mornin mighty fine chip/candy bowl


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#11 posted 03-10-2010 08:19 PM


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#12 posted 03-10-2010 10:40 PM

Ready for St Pat’s day this week… cool…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 03-11-2010 04:06 AM

This is a real slick project. Extremely well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#14 posted 03-11-2010 05:08 AM

I like it thats great

-- of all the things Ive lost in life i miss my mind the most

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#15 posted 03-11-2010 05:14 AM

that is a great idea, very nice work

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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