Router Bowl/Trays

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Project by KevinVan posted 03-23-2010 03:15 AM 3920 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of trays I made with the CMT router and bowl kit.

One is made from maple and walnut, and the other is cherry and walnut.

Both are about 2 3/4” thick and 16 1/2” in diameter.

These things take FOREVER to make and there’s a ton of waste. Over 6 bf in each one!

The next batch I will do a segmented glue-up.

-- ALS IK KAN “to the best of my ability,”

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#1 posted 03-23-2010 03:40 AM

Very good. I have had the itch to do one of these. Great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#2 posted 03-23-2010 03:43 AM

Very good! You’re right about the waste but they are enjoyable to make.

-- Robert - Haven Wood Crafts

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#3 posted 03-23-2010 04:57 AM

Very nice bowls. I know well the wood waste in these and your idea of doing them segmented next time is a good one but even more time consuming. Relitives love these as gifts… Good job!

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

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#4 posted 03-23-2010 07:04 AM

Very nicely done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 03-23-2010 03:20 PM

I made a few of these for Christmas gifts, lots of work and waste but they were very well received by the recipients.

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#6 posted 03-23-2010 10:35 PM

There must be a simpler less wasteful less time consuming way to make these… let me think on it…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 03-25-2010 05:10 AM

I do like the bowls of that design. Your choice of wood really make them look great. Nice job. Something like those are on my to-do list somewhere.

I did a routed bowl from the plans of Woodsmith, but didn’t like the waste of their design, so I segmented mine. It was time consuming gluing it all up but nowhere near the waste. I did post a blog her on how I did it.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#8 posted 12-10-2015 03:32 AM

Hi Kevin, you did a real nice job on the trays. I’m making one that’s a rectangle out of a Hemlock burl. What router bits did you use? Any other tips would be appreciated.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 04-03-2017 12:47 PM

This is a very nice bowl and these are very practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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