Oak & Walnut Chip & Dip Bowl

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Project by thewoodworker01 posted 12-27-2012 11:02 PM 2218 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So a while ago I started to make a chip and dip bowl in school. It started out as an 18” x 18” x 3” square block. It weight a lot as well. So I rounded it out on the bandsaw, and then was ready to mount it on the lathe. Now the shop teachers didn’t like how I wanted to mount it on the lathe. I was going to use their PSI Chuck with a woodworm for my first approach, then flip it on to a recess in the back. They usually use a faceplate, but after I thought about it – the faceplate would put 6 holes in the bottom of my bowl. I didn’t want those holes. I’d much rather have a recess put in the bottom of it, like in the pictures. Of course the shop teachers wanted to mess with me and they would let me put the proper jaws on it. So I just mounted the woodworm in the step jaws and went from there. The step jaws (which were on there at the time) wouldn’t sit against the front of the bowl, so it wobbled quite a bit with the woodworm in it. It started out being 3 inches thick, it is now 2 1/8”. THAT 1/8 COUNTS! LoL! The shop teacher said it was so thin he could see right through it. You buying that????? LOL! After I turned it around he let me put on their #3 Jaws.Then I finially finished it and put a salad bowl finish on it. I really buffed it on the lathe, by how shiny it is.

Hope everyone had a good Christmas and will have a wonderful New Year.


-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#1 posted 12-27-2012 11:15 PM

Looks very nice. Just a suggestion, but it looks like you could have done about 90% of the work turning this between the centers on the head and tail stock. That would have helped with the wobble. Then you could have hollowed out the dip bowl part only with it attached to the jaws which would have made it a little safer. And take my advice with a grain of salt, as I’m only a noice user of the lathe myself. I’ve just had a couple of issues using the PSI chuck on larger items, so I have learned to do as much as possible between the centers.

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 12:02 AM

very nice looking bowl.

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 12:53 AM

Nice job you did Christian mixing of woods gluing turning it and learning good form…that is a great finish I use salad bowl all the time

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 01:02 AM

That’s a great looking bowl. Nice work.

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 01:22 AM

Nice bowl, you did a great job with the laminating, turning and the finish. Well done.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 12-28-2012 01:25 AM

Nice job.

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#7 posted 12-28-2012 02:05 AM

I like that! All that is missing now is the chips and dip.

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

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#8 posted 12-28-2012 02:52 AM

i turn the same type of items. i use a #3 dovetail jaws to hold the platter if you have a dovetail tool, it makes it quite simple. do not trust the psi jaws on big stuff. my 4 jaw chuck is a one way. nice piece of work

-- wiser1934, new york

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#9 posted 12-28-2012 03:24 AM

Very nice.

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#10 posted 12-28-2012 04:11 AM

Christian, that is a sweet looking bowl. I love how the stripes look when the go over the curved center section.
One technique that I have used a lot when you have a piece of wood to mount like that and you want to use the full thickness and not waste any on a tenon or have holes in it, is to turn a separate tenon and then layout your circle on the thick piece and draw a circle in the center the diameter of the tenon. Make sure the surface is flat in that area and glue on the tenon. Then you can start out right away turning the bowl in a chuck. When you turn off the tenon at the end, you will retain almost full thickness of you piece.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#11 posted 12-28-2012 06:42 AM

Love the lamination, the shape and the finish. Great job.

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#12 posted 12-28-2012 07:13 AM

Very elegant bowl

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#13 posted 12-28-2012 03:36 PM

That’s a great looking piece..

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#14 posted 12-29-2012 02:42 AM

Very nice

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