RingMaster Bowl

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Project by recycle1943 posted 06-12-2017 04:28 PM 866 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s some pictures starting at the beginning.
First I resaw the ‘middle’ of the blank using 2 different woods – a light and a dark color. Plane them to 3/8” thick each and glue them face to face together. I try to make the middle 3” to 3 1/2” wide.
After they have dried I clean up the glue squeeze out on the table saw on both edges. Then set the saw to 3/4” to 1” (it’s a visual decision) and cut 2 strips off of the middle blank. Then comes the different colored strips to insert.
Second picture of the blank is showing the center blank of BKP w/2 walnut stripos inserted and glued as well as the outside edges of cherry that is a thick as the blank (3/4”)
Third picture is the underside of the same board
Fourth picture is the end of the blank showing the glue up
After this dries well enough, ( a few hours) I plane it to get everything flat. This is where it gets REAL tricky. It is IMPERATIVE that you take the same amount of stock off both sides because the next glue up depends on accuracy. If you take more off one side than the other then the horizontal lines WILL NOT match thus creating a not too nice appearance. Picture 5 shows the measurement process

Next is to cut the 30 degree wedges and in an effort to preserve as much wood as I can I cut the wedges using my 1000HD Incra on a it’s sled as this picture shows.

Again being conservative wood wise I flip the blank over and cut the second wedge and continue til I have 6 wedges and glue them together

After sanding and using my digital caliper to measure the thickness ,I average that number and transfer to the PAG chart and set the RM to cut my rings.

Then it’s just a matter of glue up AGAIN and sanding. I did buy a Nova Mini Lathe just for the sanding process and it works out great.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#1 posted 06-12-2017 04:45 PM

another beauty,Dick

-- bambi

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#2 posted 06-12-2017 04:59 PM

Very pretty bowl.

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

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#3 posted 06-12-2017 05:23 PM

Nice job Dick. Where do we sign up for classes?

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#4 posted 06-12-2017 06:51 PM

absolutely incredible dick!!!

-- marshall peterson, north carolina

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#5 posted 06-12-2017 07:49 PM

This is a beautiful bowl and I love the pattern.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 06-12-2017 09:03 PM

Very intersting procedure, nice description. Sure requires a lot of exactness in surfacing and cutting to get all those joints tight. No matter how many times I read the procedure and study the photographs, I can’t wrap my head around how the dark wood scallop around the bowl comes out so smooth and without any visible or apparent steps in it. This is going to bug me.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#7 posted 06-13-2017 09:34 AM

Very nice Dick. There are so many lay outs we can use to make a RM bowl.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 06-13-2017 10:34 AM

great looking bowl and nice info on the glueup!!!!

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#9 posted 06-13-2017 01:35 PM

Cool looking bowl.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 07-06-2017 11:51 PM

Gr8 work Dick.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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