BIG Dovetail Bowl/Bowl from a board

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Project by SASmith posted 10-27-2011 11:08 PM 3423 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This 15” bowl uses a sliding dovetail to join QS sycamore and silver maple. When the rings are cut on an angle the bevel cut exposes the dovetail making a sliding dovetail look like a regular dovetail.
This was my first attempt at a sliding dovetail. I quickly found out there is virtually no room for error if a gap-free joint is needed.
Finished with mineral oil and beeswax.

Pics 3,4,5 These are the mates/opposite of two previously posted bowls that I just finished. You may recognize the patterns from britboxmaker and proskywood, thanks again you two. Finished with tung oil.

Thanks for looking.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 10-27-2011 11:28 PM

what a great bowl

and a good save on lot’s of wood

to be proud of

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 10-27-2011 11:41 PM

Thanks patron. Yep, little wood involved less than 2 BF.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 10-27-2011 11:41 PM

Beautiful Bowl

-- Russell @ Rhode Island Woodworker

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#4 posted 10-28-2011 12:04 AM

Wonderful grain in the bowl, the dovetails must have been difficult to keep aligned. Nice job.

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

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#5 posted 10-28-2011 12:11 AM

Thanks cedar64 and amagineer.
amagineer: All you need for proper alignment is patience, luck, and a bowl press ;)

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 10-28-2011 12:49 AM

Fantastic bowls.

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#7 posted 10-28-2011 02:02 AM

Wow Scott, these are some busy bowls! The colors are so nice!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 10-28-2011 02:09 AM

Loucarb: That is quite the compliment coming from you. You are a very skilled turner, I am just a newbie.
Thomas: Thanks for stopping by.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#9 posted 10-28-2011 05:05 AM

These are very different, well done Scott, cant imagine trying to line up all thoes dovetails,you have a lot of room to develope this theme further, :))

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

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#10 posted 10-28-2011 02:05 PM

Hey Scott,
Those are cool. And like Pete, I can only imagine the difficulty of those joints.
Neat effect.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 10-28-2011 02:49 PM

Well done Scott and you’re welcome.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 10-29-2011 08:23 PM

Thanks for all the compliments.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#13 posted 11-08-2011 01:13 AM

I love the dovetails in the segmented bowl. I am a bit of a dovetail nut, And that was very ingenious ;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 11-08-2011 01:56 AM

superdav721: Thanks. It was a little tricky getting a tight joint 15” long but I finally got it done.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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