Live Oak Nesting Bowls, Made With Bandsaw

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Project by Blackie_ posted 02-07-2013 10:47 PM 15690 views 17 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pictured: Live Oak Nesting bowls, 6 total, I created these bowls on a bandsaw from a Live Oak tree that was from somewhere in main trunk, I got several of these logs from some friends up in Burnet Tx that I cut with my chain saw, The main bowl measures 6” High, x 10” wide x 5” deep inside, the second bowl 7 1/2” wide x 5” high x 4 1/2” deep, third bowl 6 1/2” wide x 4 1/2” high x 4 1/2” deep, forth bowl 5 1/2” wide, x 4” high x 3 1/2” deep, fifth bowl, 4 1/2” wide x 3 1/2” high x 3” deep, sisth bowl 3 1/2” wide x 3” high x 2 1/2” deep. Total set weight 10 pounds 9 ounces.

Finishing: I finished all bowls with a single coat of tung oil, 2 coats of wipe on poly and a final coat of minwax paste wax.

Thanks for looking and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 02-07-2013 10:50 PM

Looks great Randy!

Don’t you just love the look and grain of live oak?

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#2 posted 02-07-2013 10:50 PM

Randy, I like these a lot. Nice work.
I have access to live oak also. I’ve never made a project with it but I do like the wavy, tight grain it has.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#3 posted 02-07-2013 10:55 PM

Thanks Dallas and Randy

Randy, this wood is very solid not sure how hard it is but I’d put it up there with mesquite and also even with it’s size it came out weighing over 10 pounds dry. I’m like you it was my first and I really liked the way the grain turned out.

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#4 posted 02-07-2013 10:56 PM

Very cool project with a fantastic finish. The live edge look is a favorite of mine and this bowl set looks great with it.

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#5 posted 02-07-2013 11:04 PM

Lookin’ good. Very nice job and creative use of the ole bandsaw.

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#6 posted 02-07-2013 11:17 PM

Great looking bowl set! Nice grain on this set! Good work Randy!

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#7 posted 02-07-2013 11:46 PM

Cool, Blackie! Nice set of boxes. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 02-07-2013 11:53 PM

Randy those are great
A no waste project, I can imagine that being a good seller


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#9 posted 02-07-2013 11:59 PM

That is a really unique and clever design Randy. What a great use of a piece of log…!
I can see the pig nose in picture #2

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#10 posted 02-08-2013 12:02 AM

Those are great!

I have two questions:
  1. How did you hollow the smallest one?
  2. How did you get the band saw to the interior as I can’t see a start cut?

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#11 posted 02-08-2013 12:12 AM

HI Oldnovice

I use a 3/16 blade along with the Carter Stabilize which allows me to make very tight and sharp turns, the reason I was able to cut the smallest, as for as my entry points, it’s all in the way you make the cut and inter the log, I’ve pretty much got this perfected at hiding the cut lines and with sanding they disappear. The trick is to enter the log at an angle and slice at deep angle following the grain pattern.

Thanks Everyone

Greg ha there a pig nose, you can also see the entry point on that log in picture #2.

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#12 posted 02-08-2013 01:02 AM

That’s just so cool

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 02-08-2013 01:38 AM

Great job on those Randy. That live oak is one of my favorites but I can’t get it here (Dallas sent me some and I loved it). The sanding/finish on these is just amazing. I think I don’t spend enough time sanding my bandsaw boxes as the are never finished as nicely as yours. What’s your secret?

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#14 posted 02-08-2013 01:47 AM

That is cool. the wood and all the cups nice work.

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#15 posted 02-08-2013 02:29 AM

Thanks once again everyone, Monte, Andy and Ken

Andy, I start off with using a 14 tpi blade which i think helps a bit, then everything else is done on my spindle sander starting with 80 grit then 150 and 240, I then go to hand sanding with 400 and then 600, that’s pretty much it on the sanding, as for as the finish coats I’ve started using Big Al’s method with the tung oil and the poly with paste wax at the end.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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