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Project by Bob Collins posted 04-06-2016 06:32 AM 1727 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While on a roll, stay with it, these are selling like hot cross buns at Easter. The same format middle section 1/2” plywood cut as bowl from a board with top and base from different material. Pic 3 and 4 I colored the carved pine wood with a black stain, let it settle for a short time and rubbed back and got the glimpse of pine on the peaks.
The other 2 bowls have 3/4” marine ply and I added a few bits and pieces as shown below before carving with the arbortech mini turbo followed by the dremel and burr, then sanding.

So easy to do, all on the scroll saw, if your 45 degree cuts are accurate there is very little sanding required on the bowl from a board section. Shape and size is what ever you want to do.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Mark Wilson

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#1 posted 04-06-2016 08:02 AM

Extraordinary, Bob. Show us a video pf the process, won’t you, please?

-- Mark

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#2 posted 04-06-2016 11:41 AM

Yes, please, keep rolling and sharing! Does the ‘foot’ also serve as the bowl bottom in all cases?

-- God bless, Candy

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 04-06-2016 12:15 PM

Yes Candy, after cutting out the rim for the top the inner piece is roughly the shape required for a bottom of the bowl.
This is an area I could work on, a bit extra carving to make the base look less bulky.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 04-06-2016 01:01 PM

They are beyond beautiful. It’s like a new era of bowls. Your finish alone make them look great Bob. Nice job on the staining too. I can see you can change the color to anything you want. Does the top get delicate as the plywood starts to thin out?

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

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#5 posted 04-06-2016 01:15 PM

Those are really cool bowls and a neat method to make it. It can be any shape you dream up!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-06-2016 01:55 PM

You are on a roll Bob.
I’m starting to see, just on the horizon, shaped plywood bowls topped off with a ring of carved ribbon featuring dogs, birds, horses….

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#7 posted 04-06-2016 02:48 PM

Congrats Bob, You really are on a roll.
These are really nice.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 04-06-2016 03:29 PM

These are really neat, and bound to attract a lot of attention. Great work. Hope to get time to give it a try.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#9 posted 04-06-2016 05:27 PM

Hello Bob

I’m impatient to try one of this.

The mini turbo is ready !!

This piece is really sweet
I like it
Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 04-06-2016 09:31 PM

It just gets better with each post Bob, I can see why these fly out the door :)
Cheers Bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 04-06-2016 11:22 PM

Bob. Great collection of Bowls. It’s good to see all the different shapes, No 1 looks a bit like a Map of Australia.
I like the feet and the way each feature blends in with the overall shape of bowl. Those sanding devices are sure helpful….must have a think about that…...By the way Bob, with the 45 Degree angles, does it matter what thickness of stock to achieve the desired result. For example, if the angle is not accurate does it put the bowl out of kilter? Or does that mainly apply when cutting and stacking rings?

Great Project!!!!!! Regards,


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 04-07-2016 02:57 AM

Great bowls very unique.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 04-07-2016 06:31 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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Bob Collins

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#14 posted 04-07-2016 11:06 AM

Thanks for the comments. Mark, they are to simple to make a video would only confuse. Dave, I only use 3/4” thick marine ply on the top and haven’t found it to be brittle, you can use any type of wood, I use 1” pine and stain it on some. Jim, your right, any shape, any carving, freedom of choice. Paul, never thought of that. PaulDoug, if you can cut a bowl from a board your home and hosed. DiggerJack, take care with the mini turbo they are angry little buggers. Cliff, if your cutting angle is out it will mean more sanding.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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