Optical Illusion Bowl from the Ring Master

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Project by cajunpen posted 09-05-2013 01:35 AM 2006 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Took a page from a friend’s (William Young) book and tried to duplicate his bowl, 4 rings that look like 8. I glued up an 18” long x 3/4” thick board, laminated some Tiger Maple, Walnut and I don’t know what the other piece was. After lamination dried I planed it down on my planer to just over 1/2”. I then cut it in half and glued them up 90 deg. from each other, creating a board just over 7/8” (which I think is the max thickness for the RM) creating a little over 9” square. After it all dried, I ran it through my Drum Sander until it was just under 7/8” and dead flat. Cut the rings (4 and base), glued it up, mounted it on my lathe and sanded to 600 grit. Applied 3 coats of Deft Spray Lacquer. Here is the finished product – not perfect, but I’m happy with it. Thanks Bill Young for the inspiration. Finished bowl is 9” x about 6”.

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

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#1 posted 09-05-2013 01:48 AM

That’s really great work sir

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-05-2013 02:01 AM

Ditto on Monte.. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#3 posted 09-05-2013 02:40 AM

Bill, your Ring Master and lathe have done you justice. That’s a great looking bowl. Nice job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#4 posted 09-05-2013 02:48 AM

That’s really cool, Bill!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 09-05-2013 03:48 AM

Barnum & Bailey Loki out….there’s a new Ringmaster in town and his name is Bill…
That is really nice and a lot of work that really shows…

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#6 posted 09-05-2013 04:31 AM

Glad to see you giving your Ringmaster a workout Bill. I like the illusion your design gives of having many rings.

-- 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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#7 posted 09-05-2013 07:27 AM

Great looking bowl. I’d love a ringmaster. Maybe someday …. Looking forward to seeing lots more from you.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#8 posted 09-05-2013 07:55 AM

Marvellous. A very very nice looking pattern. This I like!

-- Oisko aika oppia uutta? Go ahead and learn some Finnish at

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#9 posted 09-05-2013 10:25 AM

Beautiful work.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 09-05-2013 10:44 AM

Beautiful bowl Bill, you did an awesome job making and turning it. absolutely beautiful. I just ordered my lathe today, it will probably take 3-4 weeks before I get it…very exciting.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#11 posted 09-05-2013 04:56 PM

Thanks for all of the kind comments. I knew I had a winner when my Wife saw it and said “wow, that is neat”. She is usually very reserved and this one apparently struck her fancy.

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

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#12 posted 09-05-2013 05:11 PM

Wow- love that bowl in so many ways. Congratulations.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#14 posted 09-07-2013 04:48 AM

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#15 posted 09-07-2013 05:10 PM

Loooks just great,nice contrasts

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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