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Project by Henry Mowry posted 10-05-2013 05:25 AM 1375 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are my first routed bowls. This is round one … round two is still in the shop, and round 3 is in the design phase. These started as Christmas presents, and they continue to evolve….

I was surprised how many tools I needed to use to complete these simple bowls. I used my table saw, planer, drill press, clamps, band saw, hand-held router, router table, random orbital sander, hand sander, drill sander … yes, there’s a lot of sanding.

For these pieces I primarily used red oak and walnut. Some hard maple, purpleheart and even koa makes appearances. Finish is simply walnut oil.

A few lessons that I’ve learned so far:

1. Square up every board obsessively. When you’re building blanks for glue up, any edges that aren’t at 90* and machined with straight edges will be a problem. I threw away too much hard maple because that bowl couldn’t be saved.

2. Use a lot of glue. You can’t scrimp with the glue.

3. Have fun with layers of different kinds of wood. I’m getting more creative in round 2, and look forward to seeing more wood variety as I move forward.

4. Some of the patterns allowed for a LOT of waste around the edges, which is bad. I cut out some 3” circles and ovals to make some smaller bowls, and those were popular with the family, too. My daughter specifically requested more of those … and not more of the larger bowls. Just goes to show you that you can make what you want … but they’ll want what THEY want.

5. The family insists I brand every project with my name, as you can see on the last bowl. I always think that’s a bit ostentatious … but if the family insists, then I’ve got to do it, right?

6. The bowls in phase 2 have more wood variety in the pieces … which led the family to comment that they need cutting boards just like that.

Guess what my next project is?

I’ve posted a step-by-step pictorial on making the snowman bowl on my blog, MowryJournal.com, here.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-05-2013 09:48 AM

I really like your work on these. Very well done.

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

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GerardoArg1

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#2 posted 10-05-2013 01:26 PM

Beatiful. Really a good job

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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HuckD

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#3 posted 10-05-2013 01:41 PM

Nice! Please post pics of round 2 and 3.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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Tooch

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#4 posted 10-05-2013 09:24 PM

Very well done- I like your choices with layering the wood.

I am working on some myself, I have the capability of cutting templates out with a laser engraver so the sky is the limit… well that and time…

Can’t wait to see what else you have coming!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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hoss12992

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#5 posted 10-06-2013 03:07 AM

Great job

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Knothead62

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#6 posted 10-06-2013 06:18 PM

Very nice bowls and nice contrast with the wood. Yes, brand or mark them so future generations can identify the crafter. Would love to see a video or slideshow showing the steps in making routed bowls. Just thought- check youtube.

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Henry Mowry

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#7 posted 10-07-2013 12:23 AM

I’ve got two resources for you, Knothead62.

I bought the basic template & bit kit from Peachtree … their illustrated instructions are online.

My blog post, Making A Snowman, shows a step-by-step making that piece. Check it out, here.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#8 posted 10-07-2013 06:52 AM

Great looking patterns,nice bowls

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 10-08-2013 01:52 PM

They all look great, beautiful shapes and wood combo. Like most the one with four partitions. Great work!

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