|Project by eruby||posted 12-15-2010 04:53 AM||2141 views||4 times favorited||4 comments|
This project was inspired by the WW 130 Halloween router bow episode. However I knew I would never get anything done by Halloween. So I opted for the Christmas version and actually got it done in time to use for the Christmas party we hosted this past weekend.
This was a fun project although it was more challenging than I thought it would be. I didn’t have any decent scraps lying around so I decided to buy some maple and cherry, mill the rough lumber, re-saw the maple and laminate everything together into a 13” by 14” maple and cherry sandwich. (I needed a few more clamps but it turned out ok. (picture 5 shows all of my clamps employed during the laminating phase)
I opted to buy the template from Eagle America because the plexi-glass templates seemed more durable than the MDF templates available from other sources. The clear template also provided the unexpected bonus of making it easier to ensure any problem areas of the blank would end up in the waste area.
The bowl ended up being a hair under 1.5” thick and held enough candy for the party. The tray is a little under 1” deep in the middle portion and 1 1/8” deep where the maple is exposed at the top and bottom. I put an 1/8” round over on all the edges and applied 3 coats of salad bowl finish (I may put on a fourth).
Things I learned on this project:
I really want a band saw.
I do not like re-sawing with my table saw
People (non-woodworkers) won’t notice the chip out that I couldn’t completely get rid of if I don’t show them (pic 3).
-- Eric - Baltimore MD