Bandsaw Bowls

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Project by Ronald Fontenot, Jr. posted 12-05-2009 06:05 AM 7381 views 6 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two bandsaw bowls, the first of which is 8 and 1/2 inches in diameter and 3 and 1/2 inches tall. It was made from one block of wood 9 inches by 9 inches and 3/4 inch thick. The woods are purpleheart, bubinga, canary, padauk, walnut, and ash. It is made up of sixty pieces and is finished in polished water varnish.

-- Chip, Westlake

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#1 posted 12-05-2009 07:39 AM

Nice bowl. Great design and wood choices. Love that finish.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#2 posted 12-05-2009 01:04 PM

Beautiful bowl Ronald. I have also made a couple of these, but with only one wood color just to try it out. They don’t hold a candle to yours with all those great wood colors. The different colors you chose really look great together.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 12-05-2009 03:52 PM

The colors are dazzling! Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 12-05-2009 04:27 PM

These wood choices are excellent. I was noticing how much more it gave to it by the thin light accents between the vibrant colors. Great job, Ronald.

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#5 posted 12-05-2009 05:08 PM

when you say band saw bowl ?
are they made on the band saw or are the blanks all cut at the band saw and then turned on the lathe ?

-- self proclaimed copycat

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#6 posted 12-05-2009 07:36 PM

Bravo Ill try that one day

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#7 posted 12-05-2009 08:20 PM

Beautiful segmented bowl with a great finish.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 08:50 PM

Hi Ronald,
Can you explain the process of why they are called bandsaw bowls? They are very unique. Looks like something I’d like to try.


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

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 02:28 AM

Another amazing turning Chip.


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Ronald Fontenot, Jr.

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#10 posted 12-07-2009 04:12 AM

To make a bowl you need two pieces of wood that add up to be a square. Let’s say 2 8” x 4” boards, tape them together to form a square, find the center. Using a compass draw a circle to the outer edge, draw a smaller circle width equal to the thickness of the board, give or take, experiment for shape, continue till inner circle is approimately 3 1/2” diameter. Remove tape, separate boards, set bandsaw table at 45 degrees and cut along drawn half circles. Glue half circles into rings, stack rings smallest to largest, glue together then your bowl is ready to turn.

-- Chip, Westlake

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#11 posted 12-07-2009 06:12 AM

Really well done. Beautiful bowls

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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#12 posted 12-08-2009 09:04 PM

That is a beautiful bowl. Have you thought about a blog on how to make one?

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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