First Bandsaw Bowl

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Project by taidsturning posted 01-12-2010 07:01 PM 3107 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing the beautiful Bandsaw bowls by Ronald Fontenot Jr. I made a first attempt at using the technique myself. I still have a long way to go but I was happy with the first effort and will certainly make more bowls using the bandsaw technique.

I made use of some spare strips of various woods. It provided a much more decorative way to use them than just making small tiles out of them.

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

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 07:03 PM

Wow Bill
This an amazing bowl fantastic work and beautiful woods so well done.

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#2 posted 01-12-2010 08:17 PM

Beautiful indeed!! Can you explain the technique or is there a website that describes it?

-- Woodworking is not a's a joinery !!!

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#3 posted 01-12-2010 09:07 PM

The bowl came out great! Its really cool looking!

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

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 01:13 AM

This is indeed a beautiful bowl. I would have never dreamed something like this could be done on a bandsaw.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 01:59 AM

Beautiful bowl Bill, would also like to know its done or a web site with instructions.

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

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 04:29 AM

Wow, this is cool. Where’s the link on how to make this?

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 04:34 AM

No lathe involved at all? I would also love to hear the methodology.

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 04:45 AM

Great looking bowl. nice contrast

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#9 posted 01-13-2010 05:41 AM

Beautiful bowl, nice work.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 01-13-2010 05:44 AM

Nice bowl!

-- Chip ----------- 6:8

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#11 posted 01-13-2010 07:40 AM

Fantastic bowl. Love the designs that came out with the strips after recutting and stacking. Great job.

Keep it up.


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

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#12 posted 01-13-2010 06:49 PM

Ronald Fontenont Jr. summarized the technique, which gave me my info, but let me repeat it. Let me say that the final bowl blank was turned on the lathe. The Bandsaw use applies only to how the various layers were cut out.
I glued up a board using the five different woods but a single species could have been used. You need two boards which will eventually be glued together to give a blank of the desired width. The width of the two boards will roughly equal the diameter of the finished bowl.
With the two boards taped together to give a square of the desired width (bowl diameter) find the center and using a compass draw circles which increase in diameter approximately 3/4” from the center. Making the inner circle at least 4” in diameter works best if you want enough material left for a reasonable base. Separate the two boards, set your bandsaw to 45 degrees and cut along the circles. Glue the appropriate half circles into full circles. You will need to flatten the mating surfaces to good glue joints which I do with my Jumbo Jaws on the lathe. Stack the circles to give the final rough bowl shape and finish on the lathe.

I hope that helps.

Bill Roberts

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

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#13 posted 01-14-2010 02:50 AM

Fantastic turning.

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#14 posted 01-14-2010 09:34 AM

Thanks for taking the time to share the info Bill. Will definitely try one of these. You did a great job with the various woods and end result, lovely bowl.


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

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