Scrap wood bowl

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Project by Kuffy posted 02-03-2017 07:19 AM 1793 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I turned this bowl using scrap wood and edge trimmings from previous projects. Jarrah, Blackwood, Tassie Oak and Myrtle. Approx size is 234mm diameter x 76mm high.

Firstly I machined all of the scrap and docked some to length and proceeded to glue up individual panels, making sure to keep the lamination’s symmetrical.

I ended up with twelve panels. I chose five of the panels and glued that up into the bowl blank.

With the remaining seven panels, I made some small circular cutting boards good for cutting up an apple, or making a sandwich on etc. Here they are soaking some food safe mineral oil.

No project seems to go flawlessly start to finish for me these days, mostly because I just bumble along without a care in the world. As I was hollowing out the inside of the bowl, the spigot broke off. I flattened the bottom and glue a new spigot on.

After this it was pretty smooth sailing. I sanded to dry #400 grit and then finished the piece with Sanding Sealer, EEE Ultrashine and finally Shellawax. I am happy with the end result. What do you think?


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#1 posted 02-03-2017 05:08 PM

Great looking bowl. Good use for small scraps of wood. I’ve been making segmented bowls for a while now and just yesterday did some dumpster diving at a cabinet shop dumpster. Got some good strips of Alder that will make a lot of bowls.


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#2 posted 02-03-2017 11:39 PM

I have never made a segmented bowl. Segmented would make better use of my strip offcuts, providing I end up with a finished bowl. Though it is probably more possible that I end up with an exploded bowl due to an overzealous gouge or scraper. :D


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#3 posted 02-04-2017 04:31 AM

Its really not as difficult as you might think. I have 2 cabinet shops and a huge mill work business near me that I get all kinds of free scrap that is too small for their purposes that just go into the trash. I just posted a bowl that I taught my 16 year old grandson to build and turn. I built the wedgie sled that can be found on youtube by Jerry Bennett. Here is a link to is video’s

I use a cheap clear plastic 30 degree plastic wedge to set the fence for 12 segments and a 22 1/2 degree for a 16 segment ring. I use Titebond III glue and have not had any problem with anything coming apart.

I’ve made many bowls since starting to turn these bowls, everyone in my family got bowls for Christmas this year. I’m having a lot of fun turning bowls. I’m thinking about making a segmented lamp some day.


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#4 posted 02-04-2017 08:46 AM

Beautiful coloration, clever reminder how to use scraps.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 02-06-2017 04:07 AM

Nice bowl.

-- Dave K.

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#6 posted 02-09-2017 05:47 PM

Nice job I have plastic totes filled with scraps Gotta make we a bowl someday

-- John, Owasso OK Boomer Sooner

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