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Project by BurlyBob posted 08-03-2018 02:16 AM 1263 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw something similar on YouTube and thought it might be a decent means of using up my scrap wood. I cobbled together a circle cutting jig from here and YouTube. I used a variety of ideas along with a few of my own. It works quite well.
I started with a glue up of about 12”-13”, cutting concentric rings in 5 different glue panels. I cut the first 5 rings as 5/8” thick. Than by moving the pivot point closer to the band saw blade by 5/8” for the first 5 rings and 1/2” for the last two sets for rings I ended up with 7 sets of 5 rings from the largest to the smallest. The mistake I made and will correct for the next go-round. Don’t try gluing all 5 rings at the same time. They slip in the clamps which caused a bunch of sanding. Next time 2 rings at a time, than glue the 3rd ring to one of the pairs , than glue all of them together. It might take a little longer but it will sure reduce the amount of sanding.

When I started this I was just looking for a way to use up my excess wood and really didn’t have much hope they would look like anything worth a darn. Brother have I ever been surprised and very pleased with the results.

The wood is scraps I get from a friend with a cabinet shop. Most is hickory, beech, black walnut, cherry and white oak. This does use up wood fast and the results sure look to be worth the time spent.

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#1 posted 08-03-2018 02:36 AM

Beautiful work Bob, and a great use of scraps!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 08-03-2018 02:37 AM

Thanks Jerry.

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#3 posted 08-03-2018 02:37 AM

BBob – The bowls look great. Not sure I’d have the patience for it though. Plus, I don’t have a lathe :-(

Nice work

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 08-03-2018 02:38 AM

That should turn heads; more ways than one.


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#5 posted 08-03-2018 02:45 AM

Mike I don’t have a lathe either. Not a big fan of turning. I did these with a band saw circle jig.

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#6 posted 08-03-2018 02:56 AM

Those are cool Bob. A lot of pretty scraps there. Good job.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#7 posted 08-03-2018 05:41 AM

Kudos on using your scraps, and WOW nice look there, winner winner.

“Not a big fan of turning. I did these with a band saw circle jig” Didn’t see that at first, WOW on a pogo stick, Awesome. Now I see why you mentioned the sanding like you were at it a while.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

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#8 posted 08-03-2018 09:18 AM

That’s a really good way to use scraps.
Great result.
Thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 08-03-2018 09:29 AM

Amazing work without a lathe !!

-- Pat / Colorado

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#10 posted 08-03-2018 12:07 PM

These are neat Bob. Definitely eye catching.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 08-03-2018 12:41 PM

Congrats Bob. Those turned out great.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#12 posted 08-03-2018 12:51 PM

Very nice bowl! It turned out fantastic.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 08-03-2018 02:04 PM

Fantastic, Bob! I really like the “randomness” of the patterns created in your glue ups.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#14 posted 08-03-2018 02:08 PM

great looking set of bowls …. and without a lathe WOW … GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 08-03-2018 02:22 PM

Stellar job, Bob on the new bowls….Making that many of them, what are you going to do with them…? Sell them, give them away, etc…..Expiring minds needs to know….They turned out great….!!!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a 2 hour nap".....!!

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