Bowl from a Board

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Project by CalgaryGeoff posted 09-02-2011 06:04 AM 4845 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a bowl from a board. Its made from Red Oak, Purpleheart and Bloodwood. During the build I learned a lot about glue up and slippage so a few joints are kinda loose and I now have two screw press clamps for the next one.

Overall I think it worked out well.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 06:09 AM

I love the pattern and the finish is really nice, I think nothing is a loss if you learned something but even with a couple mistakes this is far from a loss in my opinion.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 07:16 AM

The glue joints are not as bad my bowl gouge interior work. Ouch a catch or two. They are only noticeable if you are closer than 9 feet.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 08:44 AM

Well, it’s quite beautiful from where I’m sitting, a few hundred miles away.

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 01:01 PM

I think it looks awsome!!

Thanks for sharing!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 02:28 PM

Wow. I am impressed.
That is a tough build.
Good job, I like it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 03:44 PM

Love the design and colors!

For something that’s supposed to be sticky, glue sure is slippery when you’re trying to clamp pieces together.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 04:41 PM

Nice work on your first bowl from a board. Did you bandsaw 1/2 rings or scroll saw whole rings?
I think it is tougher to glue the rings together than most people suspect.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#8 posted 09-02-2011 04:49 PM

This is absolutely amazing!!! I am really impressed that it was your first try. My first try at most things usually ends up in the scrap heap. What was your build process on this?

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#9 posted 09-02-2011 05:30 PM

Bowl from a board, very impressive work. I could not imagine one to another. Beautiful piece!

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#10 posted 09-02-2011 05:44 PM

Very lovly bowl, I think I may use that shape for my next bowl. Thanks for sharing.

-- “Enjoy what you do, or do something else!”

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 06:13 PM

Very nice indeed. I’m going to have to try that someday :)

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#12 posted 09-02-2011 07:36 PM

Thanks everyone I liked making this bowl. I did all cutting with a band saw and held pieces together by hand while gluing and with rubber bands. I now have hose clamps and screw press clamps for my next bowls. Here’s a nice site to look at what’s possible.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#13 posted 09-02-2011 09:16 PM

Nice work!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 09-02-2011 09:31 PM

This is just amazing and beautiful! Did you cut them on an angle on the bandsaw? I’m assuming so, but it would be nice to know.

I’d love to tackle something like this. Any more details you can provide would be appreciated by everyone, judging by the enthusiastic response to your project.

-- Bob - A sideline, not how I earn a living

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#15 posted 03-01-2012 07:54 AM

Really Cool Bud ! My Wife Loves it also

-- I Live for Sawdust Flying ! Randy- Lacombe, Alberta

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