carving wood bowls without a lathe

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Forum topic by jennifer13 posted 02-21-2012 09:29 PM 9959 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2012 09:29 PM

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Anyone have any info on how to carve a wood bowl or tray without using a lathe. I plan on using a dremel tool and wood carving chisels. My goal is NOT to make a perfect round bowl.. I don’t mind an organic shape with imperfections, so long as it is still artistically appealing. Tips, advice, love.. all appreciated! Thanks : )

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#1 posted 02-21-2012 09:35 PM

For the inside, I might try hogging out much of the central material with forstner drill bits on a drill press, and then you could clean up the edges using the dremel and chisels…

For the outside, you can get it circular on a bandsaw with a jig, and maybe if you tilt the table you can approach the bowl shape that you want? I haven’t tried this myself.

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#3 posted 02-21-2012 10:44 PM

bowl adze, lancelot carver, even the table saw.


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#4 posted 02-21-2012 11:14 PM

check out the CMT bowl/tray kit that rockler sells. it’s a essentially a specialized router bit and template set.

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#5 posted 02-21-2012 11:33 PM

ahhh a bowl adze… good to know that exists… Thanks everyone for your input : )

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 12:00 AM

Very cool tools out there just be safe during your creation.

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 02:17 AM

A Shinto rasp will help you greatly.

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