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This was the first routed bowl I made a few months ago for my mother. I used the CMT Tray and Bowl bit, which does a great job. I used a forstner bit to take out most of the wood which saves on the wear and tear of the bowl bit. For my router, I made a 3/8" acrylic base so the router can slide on the template without 'falling' in. I've seen people using 1/4" wood as a base which is fine, but I like to see what's going on. For this bowl I used Maple and Cherry which were two really nice contrasting woods when I was glueing them up. But, after I cut it out on the bandsaw, the grain on the maple was a little darker than the edge. It's hard to see the three strips of cherry on the side. So, it didn't turn out exactly like I wanted, but I enjoyed making this just the same. I finished it off with a food grade mineral oil which I didn't take a picture of.

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Great technique. I don't believe I've ever seen this before!
 

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Well done.
 

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Looks good! I've also enjoyed using the CMT bowl set. It's fun to use and come up with new shapes.
 

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I like this neat process and well done
 

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I really like it. I have been wanting to try this technique. Seeing your results make me want it even more. Great looking bowl
 

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Yesterday WoodSmith tv show was on making wood bowls using a router. They used this technique with one small exception you used. You drilled out most of the waste, they used the router for the entire hollowing out process. Your process makes much more sense. Great JOB! Nice work.
 

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I have made several bowls. This is the first time I saw anyone use the drill press. A great idea!
 

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I like it, I need a fruit bowl and I think this is it I'll have to make one thanks
 

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Looks great. Don't forget that the cherry will darken significantly with age and exposure to light. So you may still get the contrast you were originally looking for.

Ryan
 

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Sweet. I really like it.
Good choice on the shape, and the foot is perfect.

Steve
 

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Cool, always wanted to try one of these.
 

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Looks great I have neem wanting to do one of these after seeing it on a Woodsmith Show a while back. Congrats!
 

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sweet!
 

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Sorry I missed this first time round… so many neat projects so little time…
I really like the bearing bit…
 
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