Bowls before Christmas

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Project by Pdub posted 1343 days ago 1093 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I made it in just the nick of time. I finished both of these on Christmas Eve. The snowman was for a co-workers mom and the apple was for my wife. She is a 1st grade teacher.
The apple is maple and blood wood. I found a source for exotic wood that is only 115 miles from home. I found a picture online to use as a pattern. The finish is a wipe on poly.
The snowman is maple with a wipe on poly. I drew this pattern using different size cans in my workshop and free handed the hat.
My wife said she loves the apple so that is all that matters and I’m pretty happy with it myself. Hopefully the mom receiving the snowman with like it as well. Hope ya’ll had a Merry Christmas and hopefully Santa was good to all of you. I made both of these using the CMT bowl and tray bit set. It’s been working great!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#1 posted 1343 days ago

Those are GREAT. My wife was a teacher and our kitchen has an apple theme and now she collects snowmen. I might have to borrow your designs. She would love those bowls.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 1343 days ago

Nice looking bowls. I’ve been thinking about the the CMT bowl and tray bit set – how long does a typical bowl take to route out and sand?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 1343 days ago

Great job on both bowls. I like the apple also as my daughter is a teacher. Nice design on the snowman and great way to improvise a template with the cans.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 1342 days ago

Very nice Paul, the contasting woods on the apple work great together, and the freehanded snowman is a keeper!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#5 posted 1341 days ago

Thanks everyone.

cajunpen: I’m not sure exactly how long a bowl takes. I’m terrible about watching my time. Once you hog out the middle with a forstner bit then the routing go fairly quick. Depending on how deep you make the bowl. I bought a 2” sanding kit (you can get one from MLCS) to use with my hand drill that sands the bottom pretty fast. I use a palm sander on the sides right now but see a spindle sander in my near future. I made the apple in about 2 to 2 1/2 hours which included drilling, routing and sanding. It is only about 7 1/2 in. around. Hope this helps.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#6 posted 1334 days ago

Those are pretty cool.

I need to do something like that myself.


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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