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Project by Max posted 04-13-2011 09:08 PM 5937 views 6 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife gave me for Christmas last year the router bowl bit and collet extension so I could try my hand at making these bowls. They were featured on a Woodsmith show and in one of there magazines. I made the template for the bowls out of 3/4” mdf. The blanks for the bowls are made up of left over pieces from other projects and scraps that I have collected over time.

The bowl in the second picture is constructed of maple, cherry, hickory and walnut. The bowl it the third picture is constructed of mahogany, cherry, hickory and walnut. The over all dimensions of these bowls are 12 1/2” long, 5” wide by 2 3/4” high (outside dimensions). The depth of the bowls are 2 1/4” and the thickness of the sides is 1/4”.

Rather than routing out the entire bowl portion as they instructed, I hogged out the majority of the inside of the bowl with a forstner bit and then cleaned it up with the bowl bit. I used the table saw to trim down the sides and the band saw to round the ends, then sanded them on the stationary belt sander and finished with hand sanding. They are finished with about 5 coats of salad bowl finish and the a coat of clear BRIWAX.
Thanks for looking….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#1 posted 04-13-2011 09:26 PM

Wow, nice work! They are beautiful. I’m afraid to make my wife anything that nice because she’ll want me to do more things for her instead of want to do. ;)

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#2 posted 04-13-2011 09:28 PM

Awesome, I bought this set a few months ago and still have not made one. Need to get to it they look great.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#3 posted 04-13-2011 09:30 PM

Great project Max, its nice to make a bowl without a lathe and they look great.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#4 posted 04-13-2011 09:45 PM

Mijohnst, Thank you very much for the compliment, you need to give them a try.

Raspar, I appreciate the compliment. These are fun to make if you like sawdust…..

Don, It is nice to be able to make these with a router….. although messy.. Thanks

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 04-13-2011 10:37 PM

Nice job Max. I always have trouble getting the mill marks out of the bottom…
Yours look great. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#6 posted 04-13-2011 10:43 PM

Your bowls look good. I have made a couple. I hated to waste so much wood by drilling or routing it to bits. To get away from that I used a scroll saw to cut out the the center of the to blanks on a couple. Then I glued them together and routed the little bit of waste that was left.

-- Rule # 1 - Don't mix yer blood and sawdust!

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#7 posted 04-13-2011 10:43 PM

jm, I used the short end of a cabinet scraper to get the mill marks out of the bottom and then sanded with 150 then 220. It seemed to work really well. Thanks for the kind words.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 04-13-2011 10:43 PM

Very nice indeed, I have often wondered if making with a router was as easy as they wanted you to believe. How about instructions are there any? Yours sure turned out nice!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#9 posted 04-13-2011 10:45 PM

Stumdume, Making them does waste a lot of wood that is for sure. I thought about doing that but wasn’t sure what I would do with the center part that was cut out. Thanks for the compliment.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#10 posted 04-13-2011 10:47 PM


Yes there are instructions, I found them on Woodsmiths web site but I have them in a pdf format if you want them. I can send them to you if you PM me your email address. They are fairly easy to make, just time consuming.
Thanks for the compliments.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#11 posted 04-13-2011 10:54 PM

Been looking at these for a while now… might have to get the bit with the bearing…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 04-13-2011 10:56 PM

You better get after it and make a few…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 04-13-2011 11:14 PM

Nice job! I have this kit, but opening the box is as far as I’ve gotten so far. Good to see how yours turned out!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#14 posted 04-13-2011 11:39 PM

Thanks for the compliment. Better get the stuff out of the box and give it a try….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#15 posted 04-14-2011 12:36 AM

Very nice work Max like the wood mix, like everything about them

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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