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Project by stevengaletodd posted 1277 days ago 3009 views 7 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bowl by gluing up 6 strips of wood (3 redheart and 3 maple) before I cut the segments for the body. I think the cool part of these bowls is that the inlay in the bottom of the bowl is done with a bandsaw and disc sander. The bowl is constructed from 136 separate pieces of wood, made from Curly Maple, RedHeart, Wenge. The bowl is 9 1/2” x 5 1/4” tall. The finish is a hand-applied wiping finish (1/3 Tung Oil, 1/3 Boiled Linseed Oil and 1/3 Polyurethane).

-- Steven - "Good enough for who it's for!"





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FaTToaD

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#1 posted 1277 days ago

Beautiful bowl! I really like the star in the center, that’s a nice touch.

-- David

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ghazard

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#2 posted 1277 days ago

Beautiful!!!!

Not going to walk past that without taking a closer look.

Greg

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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MShort

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#3 posted 1277 days ago

Absolutely beautiful bowl. Redheart is one of my favorite woods. Great combination of color and form and I like the star inlay in the bottom.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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brianinpa

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#4 posted 1277 days ago

I like how the illusion of the bowl makes it appear to be upside down when it is not. Very nice work!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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ND2ELK

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#5 posted 1277 days ago

Beautiful piece. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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standfir

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#6 posted 1276 days ago

One of these days Im going to invest in a lathe…...when that day comes I’ll be hounding you with ?’s :-)

-- If you build it, they will come

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captbbrooks

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#7 posted 1276 days ago

Wow that’s nice love the colors.

-- Brian Brooks, Maine

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Alan

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#8 posted 1275 days ago

Awesome piece.

-- Alan, Prince George

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taidsturning

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#9 posted 1273 days ago

Really great bowl. If you would share details of the inlay work those of us who love stealing good ideas would appreciate it.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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Dan Coultis

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#10 posted 1273 days ago

polychromatic bowl very cool. I bought a book on this several years ago but never did anything with it. Nice job.

-- Dan Coultis, Milan Tennessee

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ShopTinker

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#11 posted 1273 days ago

That’s awesome and I’m impressed! It’s the first segmented bowl using red heart that I’ve seen.

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

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stevengaletodd

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#12 posted 1272 days ago

The inlay is made by creating the star using the bandsaw and disc sander. I have a little jig that I made to help me cut the pieces. Once the star pieces are cut, I take them to the disc sander and sand all the sides. Drawing the design out on paper will also help, you can then cut the paper and transfer it to the wood before you cut it out on the bandsaw. I use a rub joint to glue the pieces together. Once the star is done, then I make the pieces to fill around it.

When I make the star, I make it 3/4” thick, smooth one end and glue it to a 1/8” baltic birch, the birch helps stabilize the star, less wood movement. Then I’ll take it to the band saw and cut off a 1/8” slice (plus the birch). This way you can get 3-4 stars out of one glue up. If you would like more info, check out my website, my buddy and I have some video on how to make segmented bowls.

-- Steven - "Good enough for who it's for!"

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