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Forum topic by Reaper417 posted 04-20-2013 10:01 PM 1026 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-20-2013 10:01 PM

Hey Guys, I need your help. I want to make a few routed out wood bowls for snacks,chips pretzels, dips things like that. What is the best wood to use and is safe for these items? Could I purchase the wood at Lowes or Home Depot or do I have to find a store that just sells exotic wood? If I wanted the bowl to be deep, could I stack and glue thinner lumber to make it thicker? You see I asked a lot of questions.If anyone has done this before or can give me a few tips, that would be great….Dave

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#1 posted 04-21-2013 12:26 AM

I made one of these bowls several years ago…certainly do-able if albeit tedious.

You can use whatever would you like but consider its final purpose…if a serving dish of some sort, do you want your guests to see just white pine? There are any number of woods you could use that aren’t much more expensive than big box construction materials.

Yes…you can glue up layers of wood as opposed to a single block. In fact, my first work of this type was a mixture of sycamore, mahogany, and black walnut.

Relative to food safe or not, the question isn’t about the wood but the finish. There are a number of ‘food safe’ finishes available and I’ve recently been using an inexpensive bees wax and mineral oil mixture found at Home Depot. Not expensive and it puts a nice shine on the piece when buffed. It will feel oily for a while but it’s not harmful to humans.

The depth of your bowl is limited merely to the depth of the ‘bowl bit’ you have in your router. Recommend using a plunge router and the ‘bowl bits’ by CMT.

Above is a YouTube video on how to do exactly what you’re describing.

I hope this helps and good luck…John

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#2 posted 04-21-2013 01:19 AM

Thanks for the help John. The youtube video was just what I was looking for…..Dave

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