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Fringed Top Ringmaster bowl w/Fluted Sides

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Project by luv2learn posted 475 days ago 1549 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Believe it or not, this bowl was a mistake. What I mean is, that it is critical to get the angle of the Ringmaster set just right for the ring segments to align properly. What happened here is that I set the angle too sharply thus the misaligned rings. I figured I would just turn this screw up into an experiment. Fortunately, I was cutting 3/8” thick segments thus allowing me to turn the inside of the bowl true.

What happened next was also just an idea. Usually the first cut from the blank is just scrap but as I looked into the trash I thought, I wonder how the hexagon piece of scrap would look glued to the top of the bowl. Since at this point I was just experimenting I figured, go for it!! After the glue dried, I took the bowl to the sander and sanded the hexagon sides down to where they met the bowl diameter. I then mounted the bowl back on the lathe and sanded the edges until the scallops appeared.

The result of this mistake is a pretty unique looking bowl. It was however a lot of work. My wife likes it so I guess all is good.

The bowl is made from English Walnut. I finished it with three coats of “General Finishes” Salad Bowl Finish.

P.S. I did correct the angle on the next several bowls, but I liked the hexagon top so much I incorporated it as a design feature

I made a total of ten bowls out of English Walnut

Thanks for looking!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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Diggerjacks

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#1 posted 475 days ago

Hello Luv2learn

A great history and a very nice result

A very unique design

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 475 days ago

Very nice. I’ve had my Ringmaster since about 2005, but haven’t used it much until recently. I really like this bowl, I must might have to give that “throw away” first piece a shot and incorporate it in my next bowl.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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woodshaver

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#3 posted 475 days ago

That’s one of the best mistakes I have ever seen! A mistake that leads to an idea then turns out looking better than what you wanted in the first place! Loved the story and the bowl’s look terrific! I really like the scallop on the top ring. Great save Lee!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Hawaiilad

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#4 posted 475 days ago

Nice job of digging into the trash on that bowl Lee. I have always heard there isn’t much scrap after making a Ring Master bowl, and you proved it. Ever since many people are posting bowls made on that machine, I keep thinking about buying a free standing unit to play with. I guess you are careful how you cut the angles on your board before you start cutting rings these days.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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luv2learn

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#5 posted 475 days ago

Diggerjack – thanks for your kind words. Someone once said ” if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything.” I learn a lot :).

cajunpen – go for it. I am going to try a octogon next time :).

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Diggerjacks

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#6 posted 475 days ago

Hello Luv2learn

I agree with this : if you’re not making mistakes, you’re not doing anything.” I learn a lot ==> Me too !!!

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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ralbuck

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#7 posted 475 days ago

Your “mistakes” seem to turn out better than my “good stuff”! Great job.

-- just rjR

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BusterB

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#8 posted 475 days ago

Think I agree with others L2L….. wish my successes looked as good as your mistakes….sheesh….lol That’s pretty sweet build bud.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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luv2learn

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#9 posted 475 days ago

Thank you all for your kind words they really mean a great deal to me and keep me motivated.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Roger

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#10 posted 475 days ago

Very beautiful bowls

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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woodklutz

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#11 posted 474 days ago

Great job, you certainly used your imagination along with your skill/.
Les

-- honing my craft one mistake at a time.

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Mauricio

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#12 posted 473 days ago

really cool design L2L!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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Fishinbo

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#13 posted 472 days ago

Awesome bowl! The hexagon top really made it unique and interesting. Superb work and great photos too.

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Jim Jakosh

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#14 posted 368 days ago

Man those are cool bowls!!................Jim

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

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luv2learn

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#15 posted 368 days ago

Thanks Jim, they are unique at least to me LOL.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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