Yarn Bowls

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Project by Trackman posted 04-10-2018 02:47 PM 795 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a couple of segmented yarn bowls for my wife and my sister. They’re made out of oak and walnut with a Min-Wax Antique Oil finish. This is the first time that I’ve used this finish, but it won’t be the last. I like the way that it penetrates the wood and after a few coats give you a shiny gloss look.
I had to cut the slot for the yarn by hand. I was hoping to use a router and a jig, but that didn’t work out, I didn’t have the right router bit and I’m too cheap to buy one that I would probably never use again.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 04-10-2018 05:40 PM

Really neat bowls! Thanks for sharing!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#2 posted 04-10-2018 09:09 PM

Love the bowls. I use a Ring Master to make my bowls and have thought of making a couple of these for one of our daughters that uses yard allot and was wondering how to cut the slot. What tool did you use to cut the slot?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 04-10-2018 09:53 PM

I used a coping saw and followed the pencil line that I’d drawn on the side of the bowl. The hardest part of the whole project was the intricate sanding after the slot was cut.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#4 posted 04-10-2018 10:11 PM

+1 on sanding the damn slot, I now use a scoth brite pad cut into 1” widths then chuck the bowl back in the lathe to hold it steady and run the pad through the slot until smooth. Your bowls look awesome. Here’s one I made last fall.

-- Colombia Custom Woodworking

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#5 posted 04-11-2018 12:08 AM

I thought you might use a coping saw. I have also seen them made with just a hole drilled into the side. I guess it would work either way…up to the user.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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