Dough Bowl

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Project by TheGravedigger posted 02-06-2011 03:00 AM 2210 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This dough bowl was started for my wife several years ago, and is a perfect example of a project that got sidelined. Made from spalted river birch, it has a wide base and thick sides for better stability when kneading dough. The lid is shaped like an old enameled pot lid as a homage to my mother-in-law’s dough bowl lid. The knob, the cause of the delay, is blackwood. The finish is Shellawax on the outside and walnut oil within, with Mylands Friction Polish used on the knob.

I had wanted a knob material that would pick up and echo the cool tones of the spalt lines, and the ebony that I had was just too warm. It took a while to find some blackwood, and I meanwhile got off on other projects. Meanwhile, the dough bowl just sat there looking sad. Finally, a couple of months ago, I got motivated and finished the thing. My wife STILL hasn’t made any biscuits in it, but at least I’ve done my part.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#1 posted 02-06-2011 03:52 AM

what a lovely classic shape, the lid reminds me of the pots n pan cupboard at my Grandma’s when I was a kid, beaten up old enameled lids with chunks missing, white with either a green or blue rim.
Robert I like this one plenty.
Maybe I should go have a look thru my UFP’s & see what’s there to finish. :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 02-06-2011 04:07 AM

Nice bowl…very attractive.

-- Vince

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#3 posted 02-06-2011 05:18 AM

That is a nice bowl. It is always nice to finish a project that has been waiting for a while.

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

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#4 posted 02-06-2011 07:22 AM

That’s a great looking kettle bowl. It looks very useful.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 02-06-2011 08:12 AM

Great idea and I really like the lid – nicely done.

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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#6 posted 02-06-2011 12:28 PM

I want one!
what a beautiful piece of “kitchen art” you have created.

Is it going to be used or just admired?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-06-2011 02:15 PM

Great shape. great looking wood…. whats not to like.

Well done my friend.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#8 posted 02-06-2011 06:27 PM

That really is a great looking bowl. What are the dimensions? I have been wanting to carve a dough-bowl for a while now. I am looking at doing a big oval shape, but I really would like to try my hand at it with an adze. I haven’t found an adze yet though. I don’t really want to buy a “newer” one as I like using vintage chisles and gouges for my hand carving stuff.

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#9 posted 02-06-2011 09:50 PM

The bowl is 13.5” in diameter and 4.25” tall. I’ve thought about carving one, but the cost of a hand adze is a deal-breaker for me. I’ll just have to stick to turning for now.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog:

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#10 posted 02-08-2011 02:12 AM

nice choice on the blackwood handle, dont think anything else would have looked as good, nice work !!!

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#11 posted 08-24-2011 12:12 AM

Robert, This is a beauty! I’m glad you were patient in finding just the right wood for the handle, as that blackwood really shines. Great proportions and inner slope as well. Seems like a nice project for me to practice honing my skills on once I begin turning, as I’ll already have a willing recipient once it’s complete.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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