Cuttingboard Bowls

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Project by SASmith posted 02-04-2011 12:21 AM 3296 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These 12” bowls start out as a 12” square cutting board. Then cut using the technique described in this blog:
I think these bowls have great potential and look similar to a segmented bowl but imo much easier to build.

Pic 1: maple, walnut, cherry, red oak, and sassafras long grain chevron
Pic 2: ambrosia maple and cherry bookmatched endgrain
Pic 3: bottoms up
Pic 4: the 2 cuttingboard bowls with 2 simple ambrosia maple bowls made just like in the blog
Pic 5: the cutting board before it went to the scroll saw
Pic 6: the bowl blank yet to be glued and stacked
Thanks for looking

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 12:33 AM

Those are really nice lookiing bowl. Well done.

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

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 04:05 AM

those look really cool!
they wicked mess with your eyes though!

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#3 posted 02-04-2011 04:19 AM

those look really good, and a very ingenious way to do it

-- Dave..Pensacola Fl.........In GOD we trust

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#4 posted 02-04-2011 03:07 PM

Those look really nice.
I really like the look of the walnut strips between the chevron(s).


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 04:14 PM

the chevron one is striking & eye catching. This process is great for saving material. People make many ways, scroll saw, bandsaw in 1/2’s on a lathe, etc. All work great & make great projects. Thanks for sharing these

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#6 posted 02-04-2011 07:53 PM

Thanks for the comments.
Steve, I believe I first saw the stripes between the chevrons with your “feathers” board. Thank you SPalm.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 10-22-2011 05:49 AM

Beautiful, just learning how to make these. Any tips or pointers?

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#8 posted 10-22-2011 07:57 PM

Make sure you have tight glue joints when you make the flat blank (cutting board). I have had a few bowls fly off the lathe and hit concrete without any breakage.
On the above bowls all rings were glued together at one time. I now glue on one ring at a time using a bowl press with much better alignment. If you don’t have a bowl press I can get some pics of mine for you. A bowl press helps with a patterned bowl. It is not as necessary with a plain/simple bowl.

If you have any other questions I would be happy to help get you started.


-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#9 posted 11-13-2011 10:23 PM

Scott, i would love to see some pics of your bowl press. Also, do you use a jig to glue up the final set with the chevron pattern?

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