Cloud Bowl

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Project by KnotCurser posted 03-25-2014 01:48 PM 1129 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this strange thought the other week – what would bunch of bowls look like if they were all sort of shoved into one another?

I suppose this might be it.

Glued up a blank of walnut and white oak – random thicknesses and orders.

Went to my computer and took five different bowl shapes and kind of munged and smooshed them all together and let my CNC Router take care of carving the inside. Since I used a 1/8” ball-nose bit, it took a really long time, but all that was needed was a bit of hand sanding afterwards.

After that was done, I set the bandsaw to 7 degrees and basically followed the inside shape to cut the outside of the bowl – this took a BUNCH of sanding afterwards to get just right.

I wanted it appear to float a bit, so I took a round-over bit on my router table to the very bottom of it.

Also, I thought the top appeared too flat, so I used a drum sander to cut three scoops into it – Not quite sure I like the affect or not….... the jury is still out.

Finish is a few coats of spray-on lacquer and then two coats of paste wax buffed to a high shine.

Overall dimensions are 9×5 x 2 1/2 inches.



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 03-25-2014 02:13 PM

That is very cool and unique, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#2 posted 03-25-2014 03:12 PM

A totally unique and fun bowl,really thinking outside the box.Looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 03-25-2014 05:57 PM

Very cool work

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

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#4 posted 03-25-2014 08:30 PM

Beautiful and unique design. The three scoops on the edge give it some added character.

-- Anna

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#5 posted 03-25-2014 09:02 PM

Very cnc!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 03-25-2014 11:41 PM

This is a beauty. I like it when things like this just come out fantastic.

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

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 05:48 PM

Beautiful unique shape! Nice wood colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 03-28-2014 01:35 AM

Very pretty. I like all the bowls in bowls. You have a good imagination.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 03-28-2014 01:27 PM

Looks great!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 03-31-2014 03:33 PM

Beautiful and one of a kind bowl! Great wood colors and finish and you are creative on coming up a fresh design. Great work!

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