KNITTING BOWLS Two for the price of one, plus a BONUS

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Project by bushmaster posted 05-24-2017 04:45 AM 1852 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It took a cold rainy spring day to get this project posted. Its been awhile since I have been able to get a project ready to post. I really have not been on a holiday, That will happen in another two weeks. With the so called Spring I have had a very busy time here. One of the projects have been restoring a antique tractor, A Massey Harris 44. Going from this

To this

I prepared a 3 minute video that you can see a few more pictures and a demo of it running. Here is a link to it:
Here is a couple construction pictures.
Finishing cut on the outside of the drum, the inside is already finished, just thought I would accurately cut the drum straight.

Back to the Knitting Bowl project, Jim Jakosh’s project Gave me the inspiration to make this one, I have added to the basic design to come up with an all wood one. My daughter knits allot and requested I make her knitting bowl. She will be impressed with this design, thanks to Jim.

The first hollowing was done as normal with a dovetail base and steady rest, to hollow out the other end I used and expandable chuck, letting the drum end ride on my tool rest so it would stay in place.

The groove in each end disc had to be cut to match fit each end of the drum. Was not able to get each end of the drum to exactly the same side. the discs where then cut in half and marked to which end they went on. I added contrasting wood to finish up the ends. and dowels to match. Then laid out the position for the legs, Gave mre stability than just flattening the bottom of the ends

Then the slot in the end was cut, so much easier in this design as it can be done with the scroll saw, it give a nice smooth finish. If you drill the holes for the dowels, lay the shape for the slot from that side, I did it from the other side and almost cut through the dowel hole.

Then just assemble and finish, I used WOP. I also made a short video, additional information and assembly, with a couple action construction segments for your viewing pleasure if interested. Here is the link to that video.

Thanks for looking, comments are appreciated.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 05-24-2017 05:28 AM

Very interesting way of making this bowl. I like the wood colour contrast and final shape. The tractor turned out awesome! Although I’m not so into refurbish vehicles, I realy like to watch everything about this topic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-24-2017 05:59 AM

Beautiful tractor. I used to work for Allis Chalmers and love a great piece of machinery. Nice work on the bowl, too.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 05-24-2017 08:43 AM

Well-thought-out (OOT, in Canadian), and expertly executed (I don’t know the Canadian word for that – I’m not sure there is one).

-- Mark

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-24-2017 11:45 AM

Hey, hey, Brian, you got ‘er done!! Nice work on the bowl. I have yet to make a fully wooden one.
Nice video, too. I was going to ask how you did the groove, but you did mention that you cut it on the lathe and then split it in half too. I thought maybe you had a CNC mill back in the shop somewhere!!!

Nice work on it. I like your boring attachment for the tailstock. You give me lots of ideas!! I hope to meet you in person in July. Maybe you can give me some help on my McCormick Deering stationary engine

Cheers, Jim

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

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Joanne Sauvageau

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#5 posted 05-24-2017 11:58 AM

Wonderful bowl! I can only imagine the work you put into that tractor!

-- Joanne Sauvageau

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#6 posted 05-24-2017 12:52 PM

Beautiful tractor. I used to work for Allis Chalmers and love a great piece of machinery. Nice work on the bowl, too.

- RichTaylor

Two springs ago I restored the Allis Charmers in the background, In many ways it was in worse shape than the Massey, and took longer. I learned to drive this same model in 1953 on our farm. With pleasure I bought this derelict and restored it, it is my everyday tractor, using the loader for most everything. The Massey is enjoying retirement.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Monte Pittman

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#7 posted 05-24-2017 01:36 PM

Awesome job on both sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 05-24-2017 01:54 PM

the bowls are very nice ….BUT WOW ….that tractor is simply amazing looking …you did such a wonderful job on it …...NOW a wooden one …..LMAO GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#9 posted 05-24-2017 02:41 PM

Growing up on my family’s farm in Manitoba many years ago was a thrill of my life to work the fields with dad’s first tractor – a Massey-Harris 44 six. This post brings back fond memories. Thanks for sharing. Roman

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#10 posted 05-24-2017 04:02 PM

Well Brian; proving again that you are a master of many skills!

Great job on all of those projects.

Hope to catch you again this summer too.

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

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#11 posted 05-24-2017 05:04 PM

Love the tractor restoration pictures more than the wood projects.

I know a friend that has a very old John Deer tractor covered in rust. Wish I had the know how to restore it.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#12 posted 05-24-2017 10:27 PM

As usual Brian, First class video and very useful item for the knitters.

The timber contrasts are great as is the finish, sir..

Also that tractor is now off duty and a show & display model after such a top job of restoration…

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

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#13 posted 05-24-2017 10:51 PM

Your daughter is one lucky knitter – excellent work and great step by step details. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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