Fancy flutes on Mahogany Fruit Bowl

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Hi – I have a question for members on the attached Mahogany bowl which I saw on a TV program. It is a turned Mahogany Fruit Bowl with some nice fluted surface under the bowl. How on earth can this be machined or manufactured like this? There must be a trick to it. I would appreciate any input from Lumberjocks members. It has me stumped.

-- Col B.

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#1 posted 692 days ago

I don’t see an attached bowl?

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#2 posted 692 days ago

Hi Mark – Didn’t attach did it ? I’ll try here again. Thanks for reply.!!

Hmm – won’t actually insert a picture here Doing something wrong


-- Col B.

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#3 posted 692 days ago

Hmmm. Beddy, beddy interrresting. I wonder if it is “mahogany” wood or a “mahogany colored” casting. What do y’all think?

Have a good’un

-- rejo55, East Texas

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#4 posted 692 days ago

My CNC mill could easily make this. It would be easiest with the rotary attachment, but doable without. I’m sure you could do it “by hand” on a lathe if you were able to somehow index the turning carefully and then use a router attached to it, like you sometimes see the attachment for fluting? But instead of a straight line, it would require a lot of up and down.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#5 posted 692 days ago

A rose engine would do it but probably a lot cheaper to buy the CNC mill.

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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#6 posted 691 days ago

The flutes can also be carved by hand or rotary tool but in this case I agree about the Rose Engine.

-- Barbara

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#7 posted 691 days ago

You could do it on a router lathe like Alex’s. use it to turn the outside then index it and make the flutes with a core box bit. I have the book Router Magic and they turn flamed finals in that way with a pattern.

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#8 posted 461 days ago

Check out “The Principles & Practice of Ornamental or Complex Turning” by John Jacob Holtzapffel from a libbrary or buy your own copy. Both hard bound and soft cover reprints are available.

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