Fancy flutes on Mahogany Fruit Bowl

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Forum topic by Col Baker posted 05-26-2012 05:24 AM 1605 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Col Baker

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05-26-2012 05:24 AM

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 05-27-2012 10:00 PM

I don’t see an attached bowl?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 05-27-2012 10:57 PM

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 05-27-2012 11:04 PM

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 05-27-2012 11:08 PM

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 05-28-2012 02:56 AM

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 05-28-2012 10:38 AM

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 05-28-2012 03:09 PM

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 01-14-2013 03:52 AM

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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