Bowl from a board

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Project by rockmolsen posted 11-26-2017 08:05 PM 1197 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I really enjoy making these. A few months back I bought some inexpensive rough cut maple from a local lumber yard. Decided to mill some this weekend to see what it looked like. After seeing the spalting and colors, I decided on the ring bowl idea. Quick recap.

1 Get 2 boards that when joined together will be square and will be the size a bit greater than the rim of your finished bowl.
2. Joint the edges. Measure the thickness of the board.
3. Use painters tape on back side to join the boards together.
4. Find the center on the front of the board, I add a small piece of tape there as well.
5. Using a compass draw, circle which represents the bottom piece, I normally don’t go smaller than 5” so you have a sturdier base.
6. Make the additional rings spaced the same as the thickness of your board. Then remove the tape.
7. Cut the outer edge of the largest ring on the bandsaw (90 degrees) Both boards.
8. Setup your bandsaw table at a 45 degree angle.
9. Starting with the next largest ring and cut the remaining pieces at the 45 degree angle. Its a little tricky at first so just take your time and go slow.
10. Glue each of the cut halves together to form a complete ring. I didn’t use any clamps here just rub the joints together till the suction action occurs. I let them sit overnight.
11 . Run each ring through a drum sander if you have one, otherwise do your best with a ROS.
12. Make a glue block to fit your chuck and cut a round piece of brown paper bag.
13. Add glue to the glue block and bottom ring. Using the tail stock and the hole left from the compass, postion together and the bottom ring will be centered on your glue block. Use the brown paper ring between the 2 pieces it will make separating them easier later.
14. Glue and stack the remaining rings. I stagger the seams a bit for added strength and appearance. After about 2 hrs I glue the bottom and ring on the chuck to the rest of the stack and add some weight. Take you time and get the rings lined up as best you can. I let this sit overnight also.
15. Mount, turn and finish.

This bowl is 13” w x 4 1/2” tall.

Thanks for looking

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 11-27-2017 04:59 AM

Very nicely done. Been meaning to try the bowl from a board technique for a while now.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 11-27-2017 02:01 PM

Thanks for deatiled description of the process, bowl turned out realy great. When I look photos and read your instructions, it doesn’t seems complicated.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-27-2017 02:53 PM

nicely done and well described, wouldn’t the angle depend on the thickness of the board

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 11-27-2017 03:16 PM


I’ve done a few of these using various board thicknesses. If you use the same ring width as the board thickness it works out every time using the 45 degree cut.


It is pretty simple, just have to take your time. I was looking over the joints where the ring halves were glued together using the friction method and there are no gaps and as I mentioned didn’t use any clamps.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#5 posted 11-27-2017 03:36 PM

This bowl is a real beauty. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 11-29-2017 05:10 PM

I like the bowl, but those weights caught my eye Rick. Looks like something my son would have in his shop!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#7 posted 11-29-2017 05:23 PM

My home gym is a room right off my shop !

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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