Wavey Scroll Saw Bowl

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Project by Cliff posted 12-07-2018 11:12 AM 1439 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The idea of making a Bowl from a board is quite intriguing, I had never heard of these bowls until I bought a Scroll Saw. The Project involved making a Board from a small Jacaranda log.
It needed to be 8 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches x 3/4 inch thick. This was achieved by slicing the log on the Band Saw, trimming to size on the table saw and gluing two pieces of Board together to create the 8 1/2×8 1/2 inch Board.

I got the cutting Pattern from a Carole Rothman Book and pasted it on to the Board. The three rings and the base were cut at an angle of 28 deg on the scroll saw, then glued and stacked. Followed by heaps and heaps of sanding.
The finish is 100% Organic Danish Oil. I had been hoping to get a gloss but had to settle for a soft matt finish.
The Danish Oil I have used in the past was a different type of Danish oil and helped obtain a better gloss.

I think a hand press would be the way to go for gluing and getting tighter joins instead of putting weights on overnight.

Best wishes and A MERRY CHRISTMAS to all Lumber Jocks.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#1 posted 12-07-2018 11:38 AM

Very well done Cliff, you have that scroll saw working well for you. With the bowl from a board method you can experiment with your own shapes. Keep at it mate and a Merry Christmas to you and family.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 12-07-2018 11:53 AM

nice bowl,buddy

-- bambi

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#3 posted 12-07-2018 02:08 PM

It’s really nice.

Good job.

-- Michael

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#4 posted 12-07-2018 02:18 PM

That’s super cool Cliff. I’m jealous, I never made a wavy bowl. I don’t envy all the sanding but you did a great job on the finish. Don’t forget to sign it.

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

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#5 posted 12-07-2018 04:55 PM

Very Nicely done!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#6 posted 12-07-2018 05:54 PM

A family heirloom is what that will become. Very nice work.

Only scrollers know how much work that really was.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 12-07-2018 06:44 PM

A bowl with a real difference Cliff, I like it, well done mate

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 12-07-2018 09:23 PM

Top marks for a top bowl Cliff…
The wave pattern looks magnificent but I suspect painstakingly slow with lots of patience careful scrolling.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 12-07-2018 11:14 PM

Thanks Bob….Thank you for your comments. Different shapes is a good idea

MERRY CHRISTMAS BOB to you and your family also.

Kind regards,


bambi… Thank you.


MichaelGere. Michael Thank you….Cliff.

Dave…thank you. There sure was heaps of sanding. Most of the sanding was done by hand. I do have a flexible drive sanding device and it is really handy… but I find hand held sanding and just eyeballing the shape as I go works for me. When I use a sanding device I need to be careful I don’t get Ham Fisted and sand right through. Been there Done that Ha Ha Ha.
You are right, I should start signing and dating work.


PaulDoug….Thank you.

peteg….Thank you. Much appreciated Pete.


Thank you Peter.. I found I had to eat Humble Pie and wear my reading glasses. Suddenly I could see what I was doing.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#10 posted 12-08-2018 01:37 AM

Excellent by golly, well done

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 12-08-2018 06:11 AM

ralbuck…...Ralph, Thank you for your compliments….Yes there is certainly a lot of hidden work in Scrolling.
I think I need to hop back on the Lathe for a break…Ha Ha Ha….Regards, Cliff.

recycle1943….Thank you much appreciated…...Regards, Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 12-08-2018 02:45 PM

That came out really neat, Cliff. I’ll have to give it a go one day. I really like the results. It sounds like you need an accurate pattern to do it.
Do you have a buffer? I find that if I use Danish oil, let it dry 3 days, and then puff it, I get a nice shine and it makes if feel so good to the touch. I got introduced to that in Tubac Arizona where Mr. Beall’s daughter was selling bowls that felt sooooo good. I went right home and bought the Beall system.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 12-08-2018 11:33 PM

Nicely done, and well explained.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#14 posted 12-09-2018 04:22 AM

Druid. Thank you John…..I only broke 2 blades this time…Ha Ha Ha. It was a fun project that I enjoyed …But that sanding gets a bit tedious.
Regards, Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#15 posted 12-09-2018 04:34 AM

Jim…Thank you for the good advice regarding Buffing. I have a King Arthur Sanding System and I think I could use a Buffer with it. I tried to buff by hand but I don’t think it can be buffed the shoeshine way so Ill try the flexible drive buffing next time…...Yes I would love to achieve the shine and the super smooth touch finish.

The Beall’s System sounds good, ill see if they are sold in Australia.

Jim, Ill try and send you an email soon. We haven’t had a chat for awhile. Not sure if you were going to Arizona this year?


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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