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This piece was an experiment to play with my newly restored radial arm saw (see my other projects). I read in a book that you can make a dish shape by tilting the blade and spinning the motor while gradually lowering into the workpiece. It seemed like a dangerous maneuver, with no blade guard, and no way to collect dust. As the motor spins so does the direction of the shooting dust. It was a mess and I am glad I lived through it. But it was fun anyway. This is what I came out with after I sliced up the dish, (ripped it into strips) separated the parts, and reassembled it. It is zebra wood with purple heart "feet". The style was Asian inspired. I use it to keep my keys and wallet on.

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I really like the look of it. It does sound dangerous.
 

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Impressed with the smooth surface. that's a really nice looking bowl.
It's interesting what tools are capable of when you look at them in a new way. I imagine there is a safer way to make more, though perhaps not a faster way. More dangerous,... maybe.
 

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I really like the bowl/dish - but I sure don't thing that it's something that I want to try and make. Nice job though.
 

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gorgeous bowl.

I'm interested in the "safe way" - I'm sure all you brilliant woodworkers can come with an alternative method than the death by open blade/flinging sawdust method.
 

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Just the phrase, "Radial arm saw experiment," made me cringe. Nice outcome!
 

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Cool…but can I do it with my table saw? Time for more experimenting.
I really like the design!!!!
 

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I don't think you'd better try it on a table saw. It was deadly enough on the RAS. It involved securing the piece to the radial arm saw table and rotating the spinning blade over it.

I do not recommend this.

But I like living dangerously. Doing it on the table saw would mean rotating the workpiece over a spinning blade. I would recommend instead doing your own root canal. It would be saver and less painful.
 

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Safe or not, I like it! I would never do it, but I like it!
 

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I was thinking of securing it over the blade and cranking the angle on the saw as I slowly raise the saw blade…still its not like I don't own a dozen other tools that will do the same job. I do like my fingers….
 

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Love your style.
 

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The safe way would be to do it on a lathe. You can glue a scrap bloc on the back of the zebra wood, turn the dish shape and then separate the scrap. On the lathe it would be absolutely no problem without any danger that a blade will throw the piece in your head. With a dust collector, the dust would be minimal as well.

Carving it would be painful to say the least.

Alin
 

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Great job Blake.
 

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Hey Blake this is neet…............why did you have to do it without the blade guard?
I realize protuding parts may not go under the arm, could you have done this with a jig and spin the work under the blade
?? I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall to watch, bet your concentration was very intense. Your dish has a good look!!! Another thing I find interesting about this is how many times have we seen a woodworking project be referenced as a dish,................but it is a dish. COOL!!!!
 

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I love it, but I wouldn't want to do it. But, it might give me a reason to use my Radial Arm saw for something other than a scrap board holder.

I watched a David Mark's "Woodworks" program where he shows how to do a dishing operation safely with a router and curved sled.

I just love the look of this project,
Mark
 

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Maek

I was just coming on to say that I wish I knew how to use Sketchup so I could draw what you just described.

Tag Frid showed that at a seminar one time. His was elongated to make an oval on a longer dish.
 

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Love the piece, but… Be careful out there! No sense taking chances in the shop, when you can get your adrenaline in spades fighting fires. Don't want you to have to change your name to Lefty.
 

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Absolutely gorgeous but it really sounds deadly dangerous to make. Be careful out there Blake.
 

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I keep mentioning this old book that I read when it was newer, DeCristoforos'a " Complete Book Of power Tools". The metod of doing this on a table saw is layed out in the book and frankly, doesn't look any scarier than making a cove cut. It also shows how to do a bowl on a RAS. You can also cut circles with a table saw or RAS. Good reading and lots of jigs.

I really like what you did here. It is unique and very effective. Great inovation.
 

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Blake I did that before but not to a bowl blank.

If I remember it was to my Radial Arm Saw table top. I also had one that went from 90 deg to 180 degrees.
 
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