|Project by Paul Pomerleau||posted 09-08-2012 08:26 PM||3394 views||5 times favorited||6 comments|
My neighbors first wedding Anniversary is on Monday and I made my first router bowl as a gift for them.
I knew the theory of how to make one, but things didn’t go well at all… mostly because I never used any of these tools before. It almost ended up not getting completed.
This was my first time using a plunge router and router bowl bit.
I knew I needed a larger base to make it more stable, and watching everyone else use plexiglass, I was having a hard time finding one.
Then I saw a video of someone using a piece of plywood… I’ve got lots of that, so I made mine using plywood.
I traced a pattern on some MDF and screwed it onto the laminated walnut and birch boards I glued up.
I removed a lot of wood with the drill press and when I started finishing the edges using the router, the bit kept sliding further into the collet, no matter how tight I turned the nut it kept moving.
If I pushed the bit all the way in, then it wouldn’t be deep enough to make the bowl.
Then a few times, the bearing on the bit would also slide causing the bit to not follow the template.
I nicked the side of the bowl several times before I noticed this.
I tightened up the allen key and it made it better, but not before the damage was done.
You can see the nicks on the top left side of the template.
I figured that I can’t give this to my neighbors like this.
It sat for a couple of days as I tried to think of something to do with it.
Then I thought that I could simply slide the pattern up a quarter of an inch and redo just that edge now that the router and bit are tight.
So that’s what I did.
The top edge of one of the hearts is a quarter inch larger than the rest of the pattern, and no one will ever know.
The rest was just a lot of sanding, several coats of food grade butcher block finish and a top coat of wax.
We met with my neighbors last Thursday to give them their gift and they absolutely loved it.
I was glad that it all worked out.
I probably will make more bowls but on a smaller, simpler scale.
Thanks for looking.
-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada