|Project by JoeinDE||posted 11-25-2011 03:47 AM||1486 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
I’ve been making a lot of kitchen items recently (cutting boards, spoons, napkin holders) and I decided that I wanted to try my hand at making some plates (or bowls). I had quite a bit of figured sappy cherry that I wanted to use for something and I decided that this would be a good use for it. Here’s the problem – I don’t own a lathe. So I had to figure out how to make bowls or plates without one. I was inspired by the lipped plates that my children (4 and 2 yrs old) sometimes use for messy things like pasta with red sauce. I decided to make five so that I could give them to my sister and her family (husband and three kids under 4). These pieces are either deep plates or shallow bowls – 4.5” radius, 3/4” deep.
I also don’t own a band saw so cutting the circles proved to be a challenge since the 1.25” thick cherry squares were too thick for me to cut a circle with my jigsaw. I cut square blanks out of the cherry boards and then turned those roughly into octagons on the table saw. Then I adapted my cross-cut sled so that I could run a screw up from the bottom that would go into a hole drilled in the center of the octagon. The screw was positioned so that it was 4.5” from the blade of my table saw, such that I could turn the work piece on the fixed central point with the table saw blade running and cut a circle. I’ve seen this technique used with bandsaws. Once I had the circles cut, then I had to figure out how to remove the wood from the interior. I decided to use my routers for this step.
Using a 1/2” mortising bit on my router table I positioned the fence 1/2” from the bit and put pins in the table to allow me to cut the interior circle – taking about 1/4” off each pass. To save time a ran all five through at 1/4”, then adjusted the bit height and repeated the process. Once the interior circles were cut, I then used my router planing sled to remove the remaining wood from the interior of the plate/bowls. I had a slip or three when routing that led my to doing some inlay on these pieces (creative design opportunities :-) ). One plate/bowl has no inlay, the other four have a different shape inlaid in ebony or cocobolo – trapezoid, circle, square and triangle.
I used scrapers for the smoothing on the inner surfaces and in doing so took out a few chucks by accident.
After some sanding and a bunch of mineral oil and rubbing and I had a set of plate/bowls for my sister and her family. As always comments and critiques are welcomed.
-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools