Candy Cane router bowl from scrap pile

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Alternate title: Neighbor made me do it?

So here I am watching TV in evening with 10 days left before Christmas: I am happy that all shopping is done, and even managed to get electrical sub-panel added to garage previous weekend in my new home so that I can run finally run tools and attempt some wood working over the holidays. :)
Neighbor knocks on door and the entire family is at door to met my family and share holiday wishes with some caramel corn. Oh No! Suddenly realized that I forgot to make a couple of “just in case” gifts for holiday season. With new home, shop not setup, ongoing health issues; been zero time this fall to make Christmas gifts :( Besides why worry, Spouse always has a back up gift right? Not this time…

After the neighbors leave I frantically hit the wood pile looking for pile of scraps to use in a holiday router bowl. Within a few minutes I have stack of alternating Maple, Walnut, and Cherry that is larger enough to make a candy cane bowl. It is too late at night to turn on power tools and get started cutting wood to size. Next day I cut, glued, and shaped the new bowl into existence in couple of hours. After some sanding, applied a coat of GF Salad Bowl Finish. Next day, some light sanding, couple more coats of finish, and bowl is done.
Now happy I can return to coach and relax…..
Then wife says, does this mean you are going to finally finish that kitchen table project for this Christmas? (see blog) She adds: “Family is coming here for holiday dinner this year”

Oh oh…..

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#1 posted 12-17-2017 11:37 PM

Fantastic job! What kind of router bit did you use?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 12-17-2017 11:44 PM


-- Frank, Washington State,

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#3 posted 12-18-2017 12:07 AM

that’s awesome looking. Let’s fill it with candy.

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

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#4 posted 12-18-2017 06:09 AM

Fantastic job! What kind of router bit did you use?

- John


Used a standard 1 1/4” OD bowl & tray bit with 1/2 shaft extension and oversized router base.

Forget which vendor catalog got me interested in router bowls. Most online suppliers have kits/templates with easy to follow instructions: Peach Tree, Eagle America, MLCS, Wood Line, Woodcraft, etc. Have made enough of them, making more is almost boring. :) Making larger trays seems almost wasteful, as majority of the wood block that starts the project, ends up in dust collector? That silly candy cane needed 12”wx11”lx3.25”h block of wood! So I only make them with scrap/free lumber now.

Let me pass on couple of hints:
If you attempt to make these, be judicious in your bit and bearing maintenance. Due to the bit/bearing being trapped under a router plate with all debris/dust, bearings get dirty quick even with vacuum applied. Carbide edges also gunk up due massive edge glued block. End up needing to clean bit, and re-oil bearing after every bowl. If you don’t, you will need new bit/bearing half way through second bowl/tray. :(

You need more than right router bit and extension to make these trays/bowls. Will spend same or more time at drill press with large diameter forstner bits removing the excess center material, then you spend with router on final shape. Making too many of these trays/bowls actually forced me to learn how to sharpen forstner bits too.

Best Luck.

-- If it wasn't for bad luck, I wouldn't have no luck at all, Doom, despair, agony on me… - Albert King - Born Under a Bad Sign released 1967

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#5 posted 12-18-2017 06:52 PM

This is a very creative bowl and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 12-19-2017 08:04 AM

WOW! That’s so awesome coloured stripes combination – it’s real candy. Beautiful gift idea for those days.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 12-19-2017 07:24 PM

Thanks for the information, I was planning on doing two projects like this, one is ready for the bit, I just don’t have it yet.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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