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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