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Project by SawTooth1953 posted 05-11-2012 09:59 PM 2877 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a “cousin” of the Wavy Ribbon that I posted yesterday. The scroll saw method is the same… but this one is made with 3/4” pine and only 4 half-bowls. Being kind of thick, I decided to carve a groove along the center using a sanding drum on a flex shaft. (This one should also be attributed to Malcom Tibbetts’ influence.)

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#1 posted 05-11-2012 10:03 PM

Stop it already… I have enough trouble with making “Andy’s” art boxes
this is way too much.. and beautiful..
Thanks for sharing. as punishment you now must post a Tutorial..
Just kidding.

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#2 posted 05-11-2012 11:06 PM

This is amazing work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 12:33 AM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ’left coast’?

I’m with Abie on this. We need a tutorial.

Moreno Valley’s local has-been.
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#4 posted 05-12-2012 02:03 AM

I was accidentally introduced to this via some discussion here on LJ regarding the angles needed to cut the plywood soccer ball… from there I found that Malcom Tibbetts wrote an article, “Twisted Possibilities”, that is avail. for download from his website,

He also wrote a book on segmented turning with a chapter about his methods for this kind of project.

I don’t own a lathe, so I couldn’t do it his way even if I wanted to. My “thing” is scroll sawing… so I set about to make these with the scroll saw. See my description and pics in my Wavy Ribbon project…
...ask any questions that I haven’t answered already.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#5 posted 05-12-2012 04:09 AM

Very well done, great looking piece, we have to get you a lathe.

-- Tom D

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#6 posted 05-12-2012 04:37 AM

Tom, Thanks… but I don’t have the floor space in my shop for a lathe… not even a mini!!

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#7 posted 05-12-2012 08:29 AM

Another very nice design Spence.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 05-12-2012 01:25 PM

That is really cool.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#9 posted 05-12-2012 03:25 PM

Wow, nice work.

-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#10 posted 05-12-2012 09:30 PM

Larry, Did I describe it well enough? Have you begun to make one? (The 4-half-bowl Orb in 3/4” pine is much easier than the Wavy Ribbon and it will get you familiar with the method… I used 3 half-rings per half-bowl for the Orb. The Wavy Ribbon was cut from 1/2” plywood with 5 half-rings per half-bowl and is a lot more involved in sanding/shaping and sequential glue-up than the Orb… but if I can do it, then so can you.) I’ll bet if you used some of the pre-cutting methods in Rothman’s book, then your Orbs will really stand out… I’d love to see that.

(For that matter, you can probably just make a bowl using the method you already use, but skip making a bottom and cut each ring in half before gluing it into half-bowls… the main thing is consistency. If you have a large enough band saw, then make bottomless bowls and find a way to cut them to make equal half-bowls… that way you can skip the jig that I used… and some of the sanding might be easier.)

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#11 posted 05-14-2012 03:21 AM

WOW! You do amazing work, my wife saw this over my shoulder and said, ” yours should learn how to make that, I like it”. Ok, well add it to my honey do list, and one day I will get to it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#12 posted 05-11-2013 01:09 AM

I’ll be at the North Easter Ohio Scrollers (NEOS) Picnic next weekend (May 17, 18, 19) giving 2 classes on how I made this project and the Wavy Ribbon project using the scroll saw. This year it is in Cuyahoga Falls, OH at the Quirk Center on Saturday and Sunday. I hope to meet some of you there!

Spencer Bloom

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#13 posted 05-11-2013 01:24 AM

Very cool

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