Bandsaw Bowl and Plate

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Project by Ronald Fontenot, Jr. posted 12-06-2009 05:06 AM 4687 views 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bloodwood bandsaw bowl and plate to match for my wife, red being her favorite color. The bowl is 13 inches in diameter and 4 and 1/2 inches tall. The plate is 13 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. The finish is polished water varnish. The bowl was made from one board 13 inches square and 1 inch thick.

-- Chip, Westlake

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#1 posted 12-06-2009 05:25 AM

That is incredible, beautiful work and wood finishing! The grain is awesome.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 12-06-2009 05:41 AM

Very nice, The finish is spectacular!

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#3 posted 12-06-2009 05:48 AM

It is very beautiful. It really attracts the eye. Can you tel me what polished water varnish is and where to obtain it?

-- Wood Turning is communicating with the wood silently.

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#4 posted 12-06-2009 06:00 AM

looks really nice

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#5 posted 12-06-2009 06:50 AM

Woww I very seldom say that but you deserve that and more very well done great finish

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

Hi The previous bowls and this one are all realy well done. Your good lady is going to be chuffed with the red wood set. Again well done
Regards Roger in SA

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#7 posted 12-06-2009 08:07 AM

Fantastic! Love the turnings and finishing. She should be very happy with the results.

Keep it up.


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

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#8 posted 12-06-2009 08:21 AM

Gorgeous !! I really like bloodwood , I like how the grain lines up in the bowl = how did you do that with a 13×1 piece ? Doesn’t each ring have to over lap each other by a certain amout depending on the angle degree for the sides ? You really sparked my curiosity on this one .

Outstanding work!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#9 posted 12-06-2009 02:56 PM

Very Nicely done ! Bowl from a board, great wood saving technique, but does limit you somewhat in final shape of the piece…. Love the look of the bloodwood…... That’s one I have never played with. Good Job…......

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 12-06-2009 03:28 PM

Very nice finish. I have never worked with the exotic woods, will the bloodwood retain this color or will it change over time?

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#11 posted 12-06-2009 03:35 PM

I’m curious also. How did you get those two piece’s from one 1”X13” board. Believe me, I am not questioning your integrity, I am just curious. Your work is Gorgeous, next to none. An amazing finish too. Just amazing work.

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

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#12 posted 12-06-2009 05:15 PM

Very well done I have used Bloodwood for pen turning but haven’t thought of using it for larger projects…

-- David '65

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#13 posted 12-06-2009 11:51 PM


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#14 posted 12-07-2009 03:53 AM

All I can say is Wow.

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#15 posted 12-07-2009 04:20 AM

I failed to make clear the bowl took a board 13” x 13” x 1” thick and the plate also took a board of the same size.

To make a bowl you need two pieces of wood that add up to be a square. Let’s say 2 13” x 6.5” 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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