Bowl from a board

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Project by SASmith posted 04-17-2012 08:42 PM 6992 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some bowls that I recently finished. Made using the bowl from a board method.
All are finished with a food safe salad bowl finish. I have used mineral oil in the past but I think this will be much more durable.

Pic 2: A simple oblong sassafras bowl. 15”
Pic 3: Silver maple and sassafras. 12”
Pic 4: Silver maple with a variety of plugs. 11”
Pic 5: Birch and walnut chevron. 13”
Pic 6: The jig I came up with to turn the bottom of my bowls using a face plate instead of a chuck.

Thanks for looking

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 08:51 PM

Those are sweet Scott.
I like the oval and the dots. Quite unique.

You put out some neat stuff.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 08:53 PM

Thanks Steve.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 09:08 PM

Beautiful pieces, Scott….........................Jim

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

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 10:56 PM

They are very beautiful bowls, Scott. I hope to be that good on my lathe one day! First I have to start using it! LOL

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 12:50 AM

Nice looking bowls Scott! You have much more patience than I do, the bowl from a board method was way too much for me. I started turning on a Shopsmith Mark V & put together a Ring Master for it. Wasn’t my cup of tea, but I can see how nice they come out. I bought some walnut from a guy that made baskets in kind of the same way. He used a spiral cut and the basket would pop open and closed with the handle.

I use the same general finishes Salad Bowl Finish. If you rub on some bees wax it will dull it a bit. Walnut Oil or Pure Tung Oil will also come out much more matte. Tung oil needs to be thinned or it will take a couple weeks to dry, but it dries harder than any other oil. Personally I would use BLO or Danish oil, but I am fine with it touching food once it is fully cured.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#6 posted 04-18-2012 04:29 AM

Beautiful!! I really like the finish.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 05:18 AM


-- Dreaming patterns

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 05:59 AM

nice bowls! like the poka dots.

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 08:47 AM

Nice work and good technique using the Bowl from a Board.

-- Anyone who isn’t totally confused just doesn’t understand the situation.

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#10 posted 04-18-2012 07:35 PM

Thanks for all the comments.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 04-18-2012 07:36 PM

Chris, thanks for your suggestions.
I am still using my old ShopSmith 10ER to turn all my bowls.
I don’t have a ringmaster so I just cut them out on a scroll saw.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#12 posted 04-18-2012 08:51 PM

I love the dot bowl! it is fantastic

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#13 posted 04-18-2012 11:01 PM

Beautiful bowls Scott. I will have to make one of those jigs.

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#14 posted 04-19-2012 11:56 AM

Those are beautiful bowls. Could you give us more information on how you built your jig.

-- Brady Garrett, Mississippi

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#15 posted 04-19-2012 09:24 PM

Brady Garrett, I will get a few more pics and post them.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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