Router Bowl gift for Mother's Day

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Project by CaptainKlutz posted 05-10-2014 01:25 AM 1807 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mother in law asked for a large deep wood salad bowl after getting a candy bowl at Christmas, figured the request would be good gift for mother’s day.

This router bowl is made from hard maple scraps left from my work bench, and some Hickory for contrast. The maple scrap had some inclusions and figure, and this bowl ended up being a good use for it.

The depth of this was a test. The bowl is 3.25” deep inside, which is about as deep as the router bit extension will cut safely. Might be able to squeak another 1/8-3/16” of inch, but chose not to hang the 1-1/4” diameter router bit out any further.

Finished with GF Salad Bowl Finish. It looks only ok IMHO, as I ended up with a thick shiny plastic look.
Guess I got carried away with 6 coats of finish. The finish was so shiny getting good pictures in the shop lighting was hard as well. When I suggested to my wife that I scuff up the surface to improve the overall appearance, she ripped the bowl from my hands and promptly wrapped up the gift. She didn’t say much as she did it, guessing her answer was leave it alone. :)

Thanks for looking.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#1 posted 05-10-2014 02:02 AM

I think you did a great job on this. I like it and I’m not a mother.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 05:14 PM

Beautiful bowl,nice gift!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 05-12-2014 09:15 PM

This must be fun to build. I like the design, well done!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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