Cherry Bowl From a Board (Saved)

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Project by TerryDowning posted 253 days ago 1168 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is for an upcoming Holiday Gift Exchange at work.

It started out as a 4 layers, but laziness in gluing up the rings means I did not measure accurately and the top ring was too far off of center.

I decided to part off the top ring and see if I had enough material left to re glue. Nope, it was no go.

So I pressed ahead and finished the remaining 3 layers settling for a bowl 5 ” in diameter and about 1 3/4” tall.

Here’s the finished bowl with the first coat of gloss sprayed on and the top ring that was parted off.

I’m calling it a save.

Lessons Learned:
Take your time and measure, never trust your eye no matter how many times you have done something.

I don’t like turning Cherry, it tears very easily. I wound up relying on my disposable 60 Grit skew to get this one done, I just could not get the tear out eliminated with a tool.

I was also experiencing a lot of chatter when working this piece. When I removed the jaws to replace with my Cole jaws I noticed that I installed the Jaws on my chuck in the wrong places jaw 2 and 3 were switched and I’m pretty sure that was the issue. Those things are indexed and labeled for a reason!

Finish is 1 application of BLO and a clear Gloss top coat.

I hope the recipient enjoys it.

-- - Terry

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#1 posted 253 days ago

Beautiful work Terry.

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 253 days ago

Very nice bowl and the wood grain and colour is beautiful. I am sure who ever gets it will be very happy with it.
Great job and thanks for sharing.

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

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#3 posted 252 days ago

Did you cut the rings with the Ring Master lathe?
Nice job saving a pretty bowl.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 252 days ago

Just got through cutting out a solid cherry bowl on my scroll saw , never that was the hardist wood i have ever cut , except for and old fur board i made a bowl out of , i think you did a great job.

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#5 posted 252 days ago

Thanks for the compliments.

Hunter, The rings were cut freehand on the lathe using my shop made thin parting tool.

My bowl from a board process is documented in this blog series

For this one I used my 4 jaw chuck and a recess drilled in the bottom center using a Forstner bit rather than a face plate.

Cutting the rings is in this specific blog entry

The secret is a thin parting tool. I made mine from and old reciprocating saw blade. Google “shop made thin parting tool” there are tons of videos and articles on this.

Handyman, I just looked up your cherry bowl project, very nice. I have never done a bowl using the scroll saw.

You do have to go slow with cherry when using power tools as it does burn easily.

-- - Terry

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#6 posted 251 days ago

The color and shine on that cherry is fantastic.

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#7 posted 251 days ago

Sometimes you just have to make the save. Great job

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#8 posted 178 days ago

Great job

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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