First bowl (no lathe)

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 10-21-2010 04:29 AM 2064 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another quick project and another first for me. I decided to try my hand at making a simple bowl. I’m quite happy with the results for what it is.
The woods are cherry, maple, and birch that has some birds eye figure in it (bottom piece). It’s actually a cutoff from a glue up for a cutting board I recently made. It’s approximately 5 1/2” diameter and 3” tall. Finished with danish oil.

Oh ya, and I don’t have a lathe. This was made with a router and band saw only. Thanks for looking and commenting.


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#1 posted 10-21-2010 04:35 AM

[drags lathe over to dumpster, in shame]

Man, I have seen worse come off a lathe! Very nice!

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 05:30 AM

Well done, I made a scroll saw bowl for the first time this weekend that i have to post. Could you explain how you did this? I would like try this.

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 01:59 PM


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#4 posted 10-21-2010 06:46 PM

Thanks guys.
mrg, Not that hard, there have been tutorials written about it that explain in more depth, but here’s the basics.

- Take your block of wood and use a compass to draw two circles on it. The difference in size will be your bowl wall thickness.
- Draw the same size circle as the inner circle (bowl inside) on a piece of scrap 1/2”ply. Then center your template on your block and screw it down.
- Use a forstner bit to hog out most of the inside of the bowl, make sure you set the depth where you want it.
- Use a router with a top bearing dish carving bit to clean out the interior. If your owl is deeper, you need an extender.
- remove your template and use the band saw to cut near your outside line to shape the bowl outside.
- Use a oscillating belt sander to sand the bowl exterior smooth and perfectly round.
- Router a round over on the top inside and outside edges.
- Router a profile of choice on the bottom to relieve the edge.
- Sand like the dickens… I used this from LV to make quick work of the inside…,42500
- Finish.

And voila, a very simple bowl. Next time I may try some different design / profiles.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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