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Forum topic by brantley posted 08-18-2014 08:08 PM 1369 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-18-2014 08:08 PM

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Ive got some big hickory logs. Id like to make a large bowl of some sort. Not the prototypical bowl but like a old dough kneading bowl. Something with some size that might double as a serving tray? What is the best way to go about this?

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#1 posted 08-18-2014 09:17 PM

If you don’t wish to use a lathe then it is possible to take the said log and scoop the inside out using an angle grinder and a few of these flapper sanding discs.It is alot of dusty hard work but it does eventually work and makes anice rustic bowl of your own design.I would recommend you try it on a small piece of wood to see how well you like the idea and the mess it makes first.I used this method for final carving of my wooden rocking horse as you know I have parkinsons so it was a great time saver and good woodcarving, and a type of practical way to shape what I wanted from the shape I ended up with. I can honestly say it worked extremely well for me and gave astoundingly nice results.I also used this on a large butchers block type of workbench for our kitchen I made via a design my wife asked me to copy of a very expensive similar bench she saw in a house and home type magazine.In fact I copy obviously altering many of these expensive ideas to suit our needs sizes etc.On this bench I took perfectly flat thick wood and shaped it to a very pleasing form to the eye with lots of simulated long term dips and bumps one might expect from a genuinely old butchers bench . Have fun I hope this will prove good advice for many here who might like to give this method. I came up with this out of frustration and desperation and was very pleasently surprised as said with the results , why not give it a try,It is quite easy if you take your time and do what I would recommend that you do and remove yourself to the garden to cut down on the messy dusty work to save your woodshop from a nasty mess which would take ages to clean up . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 08-18-2014 09:47 PM

This might give you an idea

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