Star Bowl

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Project by socrbent posted 09-15-2017 03:53 AM 1812 views 6 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl was made for a wedding present for my son and his new wife. Finished just in time as the wedding is this Saturday. The segmented bowl has 224 pieces of maple and walnut. It is 12” in diameter and 8” deep. The star in the base (photo 3) was made using Al Furtado‚Äôs (Rebel Art Woodturnning) video. The star was glued to a tenon, turned round then glued into a ring that had its center turned round (photo 4). After each 16 segment ring was glued up, the ring was mounted with double sided tape to a mdf board, then glued to the bowl using the tail stock for pressure.

As each ring was added the new ring was turned outside first to fit with the previous rings (photo 5 & 6). This keeps the bowl balanced and allows easy access to the inside. At about ring 10 more and more chatter developed especially when turning on the inside ring. I bought a steady rest to help. New problem: the steady rest lower arm (9”) was too short to reach the lathe bed. Plus the bowl’s diameter was reaching the limits of the lathe. Solution: I was lucky enough to have an old rusty piece of scrap iron bar 14” long that was used for as a weight for years. Drilled a hole near the center of the bar, grounf off some melt on the ends and used it to mount the steady rest to the bar. Thank God the bar was heavy enough to provide a solid mount. Allowed me to finish turning the bowl.

Last problem was that the bowl was to big for my jumbo jaws. See for my solution. The finish was walnut oil that was allowed to dry for a week and buffed out with the Beal system today. Made some bad choices in wood selection that required some epoxy fill, but learned a lot!

-- socrbent Ohio

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#1 posted 09-15-2017 06:04 AM

WOW,beautiful bowl

-- bambi

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#2 posted 09-15-2017 12:59 PM

You did a great job with the bowl and surpassed many challenges. Well done. Will make a fine gift.

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

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#3 posted 09-15-2017 01:16 PM

This is a beautiful bowl. I am sure your son and his new wife will love it. I am impressed with your ingenuity in overcoming the challenges you faced in making it. Well done!

-- Ride the bevel!

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#4 posted 09-15-2017 01:36 PM

Don’t you just love a good challenge? Nice work!

-- Genghis Khan and his brother Don, couldn't keep on keeping on...

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#5 posted 09-15-2017 02:11 PM

Very nice. Great wedding gift.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 09-15-2017 02:49 PM

This is a wonderful bowl and I love the pattern.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 09-15-2017 03:40 PM

Lots of work but the results show your efforts were well rewarded,beautiful bowl,


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#8 posted 09-15-2017 04:11 PM

Amazing. Beautiful job.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#9 posted 09-16-2017 03:27 AM

That is outstanding!!!

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#10 posted 09-16-2017 03:34 PM

So awesome, beautiful star at the bottom.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-16-2017 04:29 PM

Thanks for the positive feedback everyone. The wedding this afternoon on State House steps. I believe gifts will be opened tomorrow at brunch.

-- socrbent Ohio

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