Hopefully the last wood bowl.

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Project by BurlyBob posted 06-24-2021 07:09 PM 625 views 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of the last bowls I’ll be making. The side rings were excess that I cut off from other bowl bases. This one is for ‘Stick in the Mud’. I’m hoping this is the last coat of varnish. I’m really tired of making these bowls.
I am happy how this walnut looks. It’s definitely going to be a one off project. I’ve made close to 80 of these and they have lost their allure.

Just so you know I don’t have a Lathe. I did these using a circle jig on my band saw. Honestly there’s about 2 hours of sanding involved in a bowl this size. A stationary belt sander, Spindle sander and a palm sander. Guess that’s why I’ve had enough bowl making.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 06-24-2021 07:30 PM

Your bowl looks really nice Bob. Great looking finish too! But way too much sanding! yikes!
I know how you feel after making so many! I’ve about had it with Folding Step Stools. I just finished two more for our twin goddaughters. Everyone in my family has now.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 06-24-2021 07:38 PM

That bowl looks terrific Bob, Hard to believe it was all done with scraps. Don’t we all hate sanding? My hands can’t take sanding for too long or they start killing me. So what do you have planned next?

-- John D, OP, KS

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#3 posted 06-24-2021 07:42 PM

You have made some beautiful bowls however there is a time and place for all things, looking forward to see what you post next.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 06-24-2021 07:59 PM

Beautiful bowl, Bob. After 80 of them, I’d be looking for something else too. Maybe knitting? LOL. NOT!! Whatever you choose as your next project, I’m sure it too will be exceptional.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 06-24-2021 08:19 PM

Nice bowl, Bob, Buy a lathe and it will open up a whole new adventure in vases, platters. hollow forms and tricky turnings!!!!!!! I think I’d have quit that method at a mite less then 80

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 06-24-2021 08:21 PM

Beautiful bowl. Get a lathe, more fun.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#7 posted 06-24-2021 08:27 PM

Thanks all! For once I can honestly say that the photos truly do justice to this bowl. So after all the birch projects and bowls, I’ve got nothing stacked up around my shop left to finish. What a relief!!!

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 06-24-2021 08:31 PM

Bob, it’s a beautiful bowl. If you’d like to have a lathe, my Nova Saturn is up for sale. I’m having to downsize in order to move away.

-- Mark

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#9 posted 06-24-2021 08:34 PM

Thanks for the offer Mark. I’m really not interested in lathe work. I had a couple of projects fly off a lathe and that sort of soured me. I’ve got enough projects on my to do list as it is now.

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#10 posted 06-24-2021 09:30 PM

Wonderful bowls, understand the desire for leaving them behind. Time for the next fixation or single projects.
The bowls are nice. Sanding is not fun.

-- Ron

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#11 posted 06-24-2021 10:38 PM

This is one amazing looking bowl. It looks great! But I do understand making too many of the same project. I’ve fell in the same situation. Time to make some new things.

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

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#12 posted 06-24-2021 11:10 PM

man that is a beautiful bowl cant believe that was done without a lathe.i can see why it’s gonna be your last with all that sanding.nicwe work.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#13 posted 06-25-2021 01:21 AM

Yea making that with no lathe is very impressive Bob. Very nice

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#14 posted 06-25-2021 01:30 AM

Here’s the kicker! ‘Stick in the Mud’ came home from work and said, ‘That’s nice’ and hurried off to visit with the daughters!! Yup, ain’t I special?

Well, on to the next project. It’s going to be a shop project for me!

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#15 posted 06-25-2021 01:39 AM


Great Bowl!!! And no lathe, wow.

Grain and finish are top notch.

-- Dave, Vancouver, WA & Tucson, AZ

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