Christmas routed santa hat bowl/tray candy dish

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Project by eruby posted 12-15-2010 04:53 AM 3421 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was inspired by the WW 130 Halloween router bow episode. However I knew I would never get anything done by Halloween. So I opted for the Christmas version and actually got it done in time to use for the Christmas party we hosted this past weekend.

This was a fun project although it was more challenging than I thought it would be. I didn’t have any decent scraps lying around so I decided to buy some maple and cherry, mill the rough lumber, re-saw the maple and laminate everything together into a 13” by 14” maple and cherry sandwich. (I needed a few more clamps but it turned out ok. (picture 5 shows all of my clamps employed during the laminating phase)

I opted to buy the template from Eagle America because the plexi-glass templates seemed more durable than the MDF templates available from other sources. The clear template also provided the unexpected bonus of making it easier to ensure any problem areas of the blank would end up in the waste area.

The bowl ended up being a hair under 1.5” thick and held enough candy for the party. The tray is a little under 1” deep in the middle portion and 1 1/8” deep where the maple is exposed at the top and bottom. I put an 1/8” round over on all the edges and applied 3 coats of salad bowl finish (I may put on a fourth).

Things I learned on this project:
I really want a band saw.
I do not like re-sawing with my table saw
People (non-woodworkers) won’t notice the chip out that I couldn’t completely get rid of if I don’t show them (pic 3).

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 05:38 AM

nicely done

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#2 posted 12-15-2010 07:09 AM

Turned out nice Eruby, good job. I’ve been meaning to make a few bowls myself, except I don’t have a router bit suited for it yet. I like your lessons learned portion, makes me feel that you and I are both about equally new to this. I will say, band saw is a great thing to have but don’t buy a cheap benchtop one like me ( Ryobi). Can’t really resaw on it. It’s served me so-so for the patterns and such that i’ve cut out, but I now wish I would have saved a few more bucks and bought a 14” grizzly. I know Baltimore isn’t exactly right next door to me, but if you start looking for some stunning tiger/ curly maples let me know. CP Miller’s near me is awesome for it and quite affordable. He was telling me there is a guy from Baltimore that drives down to visit and stock up once a month.

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#3 posted 12-15-2010 01:55 PM

Nice job! I used a Christmas stocking pattern for a bowl last year. I really like your santa hat version. Hope you don’t mind if I borrow it.

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#4 posted 12-15-2010 03:53 PM

Thank you for the kind words.

Jesse: I chose a 3/4” bowl bit with bearing to allow for patterns with a tighter radius. This will limit the depth of the bowl because any collet extension for a router will require at least a 1 1/4” bit. (the collet nut has diameter > 3/4”)

rooster: Please do. I borrowed the idea from the Eagle America page.

-- Eric - Baltimore MD

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