|Project by ChuckH||posted 10-30-2013 03:29 PM||13906 views||8 times favorited||10 comments|
I made this as a Christmas present in 2011. I constructed a panel from several edge glued oak boards (smooth big box stuff). I used a slot bit in the router to fit biscuits. After the board was done and sanded I used a rudimentary circle jig to make the circle.
I then cut up the circle jig and made a card sized notch in it. Using a flush cut router bit I clamped the template, routed it out, and then rotated it around the center, and cut again. For the center I made a new pin hole in the jig and moved it inwards.
The finger grab indents are done, as you can probably tell, with a forstner bit. The bowls were done with the router using a simple round template. A simple lazy susan is fixed to the bottom.
I don’t remember how I finished this. I can see a can of stain in one picture, so I think I stained it, then varnished it… with polyurethane maybe.
- This was the only hardwood I could get [at the box store] and it was too thin. I nearly went through in places, DID go through using the forstner once, and some of the larger stacks of cards are too tall.
- I used a 3/4” flush trim bit, and was only cutting about 1/2” into the stock. The template material, MDF, was squishy, and so the bearing was able to squish into the template, which allowed the bit to cut it, which made it squishier… about 1/3 way through I had to make a new template, and even then there were some problems.
- Obviously I did not clean up the forstner holes – they are a bit shy intentionally to allow a finger nail to get under the cards, but I should have cleaned up the center hole.
- Router pass marks are everywhere – although I did sand this, I didn’t do a great job, especially any place where it was hard to get into the space.
- I’m happy with the grain matching I did. It could have been better, but for a first glue up, very happy.
- It worked.
- I have yet to work up the resolve to track down some source of wood in my area.