A Bowl from a 2 x 4!

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Project by mot posted 01-26-2008 06:17 AM 3816 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I blogged the background story to this project. This is my submission for the Winter 2×4 Challenge. This is a Bowl from a 2×4. This method of construction is a staple of the salad bowl industry. If you google bowl from a board, you can take a look at a few other methods of contsruction!

Well, Mr. 2×4, thanks for giving me a great 4 nights in the shop, some anxiety, a great challenge, and a neat project from some wood that was bound for the dump!

Thanks for looking!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#1 posted 01-26-2008 06:57 AM

You should be in the hunt for the challenge. Wow.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#2 posted 01-26-2008 07:09 AM

Great Tom

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 01-26-2008 07:12 AM

Pretty cool Tom. Great entry!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-26-2008 07:27 AM


-- Marge, Colorado

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#5 posted 01-26-2008 08:00 AM

Fancy! Great job and very creative.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#6 posted 01-26-2008 08:33 AM

Nice Tom. I think that you should do well in the competition. – Good luck to you.

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

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#7 posted 01-26-2008 11:09 AM

I still have my 2×4 and no idea of what I want to do. Maybe I’ll make a box of toothpicks! Nice bowl Tom! Like your photography as well.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#8 posted 01-26-2008 11:49 AM

Very nice execution. You should do well.

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#9 posted 01-26-2008 12:37 PM

Oh yes, yes, yes! A great outcome, Mot. And not a right angle or straight line to be seen – it’s along way from its origins. Marvellous. Helpful blog too.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#10 posted 01-26-2008 12:44 PM

a big challenge and you met it with flying colours.
Well done.

from long and rectangular to round and .. round… cool

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 01-26-2008 02:48 PM

Posting after reading blog-

Hey Pisano…....I’ll take a slide. Alot of good thinking in that bowl Mot….Love it!!!!

Even some truely excellent words of woodworking widom: “I’ll workout how to correct the error later. I was still thinking at this point.”

Super work Tom…............a little potpourri and your bowl would set nice on Bob#2’s, 2×4 shelf.

There’s good stuff coming out of the 2×4’s.

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#12 posted 01-26-2008 02:56 PM

Nice looking bowl Mot!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 01-26-2008 03:32 PM

very creative, it never ceases to amaze me what can be done with a 4 by 2, nice bowl!

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#14 posted 01-26-2008 04:25 PM

Ha Ha very clever, just a little “outside the board” thinking here. Change of typical segmented wood for a bowl and voila, a beautiful bowl. I love it. Great job.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#15 posted 01-26-2008 04:36 PM


Very creative. You have two photos: one with fruit and the second – are those noodles?

The 2×4 competition was intended to get LJs creative juices flowing. You have done it.


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