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This instructable comes from looking at a turned fruit bowl and thinking it would be great if it was part of the table it was on.

I had just finished my last instructable http://www.instructables.com/id/Strip-Table-in-oak-and-walnut/  and so decided another table was too much and I had no where to put it.

The design uses the timber to create a form not usually seen in timber it is more like a plastic in that the bowl element appears vac formed in to the top surface of the piece.

I have attached a sketchup model of the sideboard. There are 2 models a visual model and an exploded model where each component can be examined seperately.
 
If you down load the models have a good look at them to see how the design works.

If you like it this is entered in the woodworking challenge and the make it real challenge contests so please vote!!!


 
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Step 1: Turn the bowl

Wood turning.

The turning for the bowl has too difficult elements to it - the first is that you will be leaving a square edge - the second is that you will be turning both sides of the bowl seperately.

Tools
A lathe and a bandsaw. ( a flat bed circular saw is useful but not essential) a sander and some sash clamps.

I have started with turning the bowl as I think it is the hardest part of the build and if you cant get it right it will save wasting time and materials on the rest of it.

Be careful you are turning a large piece of wood. Set the lathe to the slowest speed. take tiny nibbles out of the surface until you are down to the round. Dont catch your knuckles on the spinning square edge it really hurts!

You will need to glue up a block of timber 260mm x 260mm x 80mm. Mine was made from 13no 260mm x 80mm x 20mm strips. let it dry overnight check the instructions on the glue to see how long it needs to cure. I have only had one piece of wood ever come apart on me it had its own blast radius and I was wearing a full face mask - it was glued together in a rush need I say more...

Make 2 card templates one for the inside of the bowl and one for the outside of the bowl these will allow you to measure the curves you are turning. see pic

Rough out the inside of the bowl and then using your card template you can copy the profile onto the bowl surface by turning a bit and then offering up the template then turning a bit more.

Once you have turned the inside of the bowl remove it from the mounting plate. You will need to make up a mount ( i used some scrap mdf) to re attach the mounting plate to the turned side of your block (see pic)

Turn the other side, this is where you will really need your template it will stop you going all the way through the bowl.

Take your time and sand both sides of the bowl on the lathe as its so much easier than taking it off and trying to sand it by hand.

**** Correction****

Ok so after turning the first bowl (shown in the picture) I decided it didnt fit with the wider strips of the rest of the design so I started again and glued up a new block from 4 pieces 260mm x 65mm x 80mm to make a block 260 x 260 x 80





dimtick2 years ago
I'm really diggin this. nice clean lines and simplicity.
In reading the desciption it doesn't sound like the painted inside was the original plan but i really like that. its a nice modern touch to the mid centruy modern style.

my only comment would be the legs. they don't seem as polished and refined as the top.
One idea is to round over the edges. Ideally if you could use a larger bit so that as the legs tapered the rounded edges would merge and become a post leg. another thought is to paint/finish the legs so that contrasts with the top. Black is my first thought but that may be to harsh. a darker stain that contrasts with the top would work or you could use the white of the interior. having some contrast would really make the top pop out that much more.

hopefully my desciption makes sense.
I'm not criticising. I really dig this. just thinking out loud.
hogthrob (author)  dimtick2 years ago
thanks for your comment, my original design had turned legs that were fatter in the middle but I then went for the design I went for. to be honest it was headache enough getting these level but then another level of detail would be cool.

When I have a better workshop (read as 'a workshop') I will revisit these and post the results.

I think the whole piece would be better in a finer grained wood, the spalted elm looks great but is a real pain to work with you just get it looking about right and a big chunk flies off.

Im looking at farming out some of the manufacture next time I really love the explosion in rapid fabrication that is available have you seen this
http://www.100kgarages.com/

if i was lucky enough to win the laser cutter I might set up the first 'Yorkshire Chapter' of 100k.

btw which architect do you work for? I work for Buro Happold and I used to work for architects www.zedfactory.com
Mr Chutney2 years ago
What a beautiful piece of carpentry! I absolutely love the flared legs and bowl recess. Amazing
holy snazafrats! love love love
This is amazing! Seriously gorgeous work.
hogthrob (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
thank you
iOskr2 years ago
I love this work. thanks. u've my vote! ;)
hogthrob (author)  iOskr2 years ago
Thanks for your vote !