130 - Halloween Router Bowl

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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 10-18-2010 06:37 PM 13378 reads 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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When most of us think of a wooden bowl, we think of the lathe. But you can also make bowls using the router! All you need is a template for the desired shape and a pattern bit to remove the stock. And fortunately Eagle America has holiday-themed kits for making some incredibly cool bowls. These make great gifts and they are super easy to make.

The video shows you not only how to make a router bowl, but also how to deal with really wide stock. You’ve heard me discuss my “hybrid” approach to woodworking (using both and and power tools)? Well this is an excellent example. Frequently, when I have stock that is too wide for my jointer, I use a hand plane to mostly-flatten one side. Once the piece sits stable on a flat surface, I can let my power planer do the rest of the work. Its a great technique and doesn’t require excessive time and effort with the hand tools.

Topics Covered: <ul><li>Milling wide boards using the “hybrid” method.</li> <li>The templates available from</li> <li>Using a forstner bit to hog out the bulk of the material.</li> <li>Using a special pattern bit to finalize the inside shape of the bowl.</li> <li>Bandsawing to the outside shape of the bowl.</li> <li>Techniques for sanding the bowl and easing the edges. </li> <li>Finishing the bowl with a water-based varnish.</li></ul>

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#1 posted 10-18-2010 07:25 PM

Very cool Marc.

I may not make a Halloween bowl but I will definitely use that technique to make my first bowl.

Thanks for sharing,


-- Jerry Boshear, Professional Kitchen Designer, amature woodworker.

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#2 posted 10-18-2010 07:48 PM

Thanks for the video, Marc. It was well produced and informative and, as usual, a pleasure to watch. This looks like a fun project to try. It sure looked like you were having fun (especially with putting the “chocolate makeup” on Nicole). :)

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 10-18-2010 08:42 PM

You guys are great! thanks for the tips…..even the self control:)

-- Randon Riegsecker,

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#4 posted 10-18-2010 09:33 PM

I love these… I will have to order the kits, also they have allot of other patterns as well.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 09:37 PM

wow, another great video and I love the out-takes

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 11:04 PM

Nice little project Marc unfortunately we don’t get that kind of stuff in the UK we only started getting pumpkins about 10 years ago when I was a little kid in the 50’s we would hollow out a Swede & stick a candle inside (A Swede is a kind of large turnip not a Scandinavian)
Best to you

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#7 posted 10-19-2010 04:05 AM

Marc & Nicole,

Great idea for a gift. Gotta love that Mars candy. Fun out takes! Templates seem reasonably priced.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#8 posted 10-19-2010 04:06 AM

I am ordering the ghost and the christmas tree templates. soon. BTW Marc my lovely wife enjoyed your video

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#9 posted 10-19-2010 02:32 PM

Very cool stuff Mark! Thanks for sharing!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 10-19-2010 04:12 PM

Just one question. I am a bit of a tightwad and do not like to waste wood or work, why didn’t you remove
most of the wood that would be the bowl opening in the top piece with either a scroll saw or a jig saw
before you glued the two pieces together? I have a steel outlet that sells scrap cut offs by the pound and
a 1/2” piece of the appropriate size cleaned up acts as a perfect press plate to join the pieces after I have
removed the excess wood. Thank you for lesson with the pattern bit and the pattern sources.

As ever, Gus the 71 year young apprentice, trying to become an apprentice carpenter.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#11 posted 10-19-2010 05:30 PM

Hey Gus. Nothing wrong with trying to save some of that wood. It definitely hurts me seeing all those shavings fall to the floor. But when I think about it, I quickly realize I have no use for a small and oddly-shaped piece of mahogany. Of course pen turners and scroll sawyers might have a different view. :)

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#12 posted 10-19-2010 08:28 PM

Nicole usually picks those up for me. She says she thinks she got it at Walmart.

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#13 posted 10-19-2010 09:03 PM

Thanks Mark & Nicole
Great fun, lots of potential.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#14 posted 10-19-2010 09:36 PM

great video Mark. Your videos are very inspirational and makes novices like me think they CAN actually produce some decent projects. Thanks again – you make it look so easy!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#15 posted 10-21-2010 03:49 PM

Great video as always. I was wondering about those bit extenders that I’ve seen at some of the mail order places and wondering how safe that bit is spinning so fast at such a longer length. (probably a slower speed would be good idea)

Just wondered what others thought of them or maybe used them.

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