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Project by woodreamer posted 1318 days ago 2074 views 13 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project I’m showcasing. It was really fun to put together. All done on the scroll saw.The ribs are oak, encircled by a mahogany rim. The rim itself is four sections glued together. The center part is purple heart. I laminated two pieces to get the thickness I needed. The supporting leg brace is also mahogany amd the legs are oak as well. I finished it with a light coat of boiled linseed oil followed by spray shellac. i’ve been using this method lately for its quick drying time and it brings out the wood’s natural look nicely. Would love some critique, commments, etc.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#1 posted 1318 days ago

Woodreamer, very unique piece, a great first entry into the arena ! The design and assembly look impressive. It is hard to see in the last pic but the top ring looks as if it might be a butt joint and if so I would perhaps try next time around using a alternative joint, maybe a scarf joint instead. Just a thought, still a very nice job on the build and finish !

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#2 posted 1318 days ago

That is really creative. I’ve seen a lot of scrollsaw work on this site – this is one of my favorites. When I first saw the project I thought it was a turned bowl – was wondering about the ribs. I like this project and look forward to seeing more of your work. Welcome aboard.

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

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#3 posted 1318 days ago

Thanks for the compliments and suggestions.Yes, they are butt joints, which is what my present skill level and experience would allow. Now I will do some research on what a scarf joint looks like and and try it. Perhaps, it will lend a little more elegance as well as strength and accuracy.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#4 posted 1318 days ago

Thanks a lot for your kind words. The ribs are cut from 1/2 in. stock. The arched profile of each rib is cut from the flat board. There are 12 short and 8 long ribs that are glued to both the center piece and the rim. That part is challenging to get the right distance between each, mostly by eye. A quick grabbing glue really helps.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#5 posted 1317 days ago

Hey Welcome, (better late than never!)
That is really one great looking piece.

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 1317 days ago

Welcome aboard Bob!
This one caught my eye, I wa also thinking “another turned bowl”.
Well did you consider rounding over the outer sides of the ribs (mmmmmh, riiiibs!) to give it a bit of visual lightness?
I’m with the guys above about the joinery, but sure understand that butt joints are a starting point, though dovetails would be far better. Scarf joints with the bevel on a verical plane could also add it a lot of visual interest and more strength, as Rob said.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#7 posted 1317 days ago

Hi Bob,

Very nice bowl. I really like the design – it caught my eye. How did you join the ribs to the purple heart center? I’m working on a jewelry box with purple heart right now and am having issues with tear out. Did you? If not, what did you do to prevent it, or how did you make the cut on it? Was it with your scroll saw too?

Why do you boil the linseed oil?

Thanks from a newbie…

-- Randy Morter, Phoenix, AZ

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#8 posted 1317 days ago

Hey Randy,

BLO is not actually boiled, but rather bleached in the sun to get most of its color out. Well, it remains amber, not completely clear, but doesn’t change color overtime.

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#9 posted 1317 days ago

1. Very impressive work!
2. You have far too much time on your hands or maybe that should be with your hands….LOL

-- bigfish "I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it." Vincent Van Gogh

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#10 posted 1317 days ago

Thanks all for the great and encouraging feedback. The ribs on the bowl were joined using Gorilla glue which seems to work better than standard yellow glue on the exotic and perhaps oily species like puple heart and padauk.Purple heart is one tough wood to work with. The scroll saw, if using the correct blade and feeding slowly, cuts through nicely without tearout. I haven’t put it through the planer yet, as the piece I was using was finished well and just needed to be glued to the right thickness. I use boiled linseed oil beacause unboiled takes far more drying time (several weeks), so just a thin coat, enough to bring out the grain a bit, then a few hours under an electric fan, and its ready for the spray shellac. Works OK.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#11 posted 1317 days ago

That caught my eye too. Great idea, cool design.
You could spend years building variations on this theme and never get old.
You could use dowels, splines, dove tails and I also, don’t know what a scarf joint is, but that too.
Cool man, thanks for sharing….......................................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#12 posted 1317 days ago

Thanks mtnwild. I hope other variations will spawn from this project. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#13 posted 1317 days ago

Good work – look forward to seeing more!


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#14 posted 1317 days ago

Thanks Don, from a former Hamiltonian

-- Bob, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 1317 days ago

oh my goodness.. this is so beautiful..


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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