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In this instructable I will show you how to turn a square bowl. These make beautiful centerpieces and look very cool!
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Step 1: Grab some wood

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You can use any type of wood you choose. Softwood/hardwood doesnt matter here as long as the wood is thoroughly dried.
I made one out of rough cut Maple and one rough cut Mahogany with Ebony stain.

Step 2: Prepare the square blank

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I used the table saw to rip my board. I then used a joiner to smooth one face and one edge. After that I took it to my Table-saw to rip it to finished length. then Using a crosscut sled or miter gauge cross-cut it to the exact same width. You should end up with a perfect square.

Step 3: Mount it to your lathe

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I marked center by making a line from one corner to the other on all four corners with my diagonal square. Next using my 3" face-plate, I marked all four mounting holes using a center punch.
get the screws and the matching drill bit. Tape off about 1/2" up the bit (maybe a little less), this is simply giving you a visual stopping point (stop when you get to the tape) You do not want to go too deep or use long screws.
After the holes are drilled place the faceplate in position. Now, screw it to your block of wood and mount the faceplat with the block of wood onto your lathe. It's a good time to sand all the edges as well. start with 80 and go up to 320 grit.

Moving on.
very, very cool
CandyLV2 years ago
SlickSqueegie (author)  CandyLV2 years ago
Thank you :)
Eh Lie Us!2 years ago
Clever, clever. When I saw the link, I thought I'd be a steamed plywood deal. A lathe. Nice.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Eh Lie Us!2 years ago
Nope. But I wouldnt mind giving that a shot.:)
the norm2 years ago
So making a bowl and then cutting it would be safer, but it takes some of the challenge out of it.
I have made something similar, but I have legs coming down at the corners.
Wacked my fingers a few times when I got careless. Wish I had a picture of one to show you.
pudtiny2 years ago
Why do you not shape the bottom of the bowl while it is on the faceplate? I think this would be safer and give you better access. Just a thought.
SlickSqueegie (author)  pudtiny2 years ago
Good question. You could do it either way. I did the Mahogany bowl that way. I had plenty of access to either side either way. Personal preference I guess...
HollyMann2 years ago
Wow!!! Your creations are too beautiful! You make me want to learn how to do this stuff and buy equipment and try it out. You are skilled and have a great style also - these are gorgeous!
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
The lathe is extremely versatile and even more addicting! I love my lathe and have NEVER had any regrets about that purchase. You should look locally for a woodworking supply store and take a simple class to try your hand. If you have any wood turners close by, you would be surprised at how friendly we are, and you would surely be invited to try it out.
And thank you for your very special compliments. I really appreciate all of them.
Thanks so much for the information. Is the lathe the main piece of equipment you use? My dad is addicted to tools and building things, etc. and I figured he might even have one - but no such luck! :) I will definitely check on taking a class around here. I love what you've been making - everything is so stunning - amazing how a piece of wood can be totally transformed!
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Not exactly. It depends on what I'm in the mood for I guess. Your Father, having a lot of tools would be helpful. You can do quite a bit of stuff with just a lathe but you will spend more in accessories than on the lathe its-self.
If you want some more info on it I would be happy to answer any and all your questions. :)
This is just awesome, just love your woodworking skills. Thank you so much for sharing.
Yes I agree 100%! I can't wait to see what you make next!
SlickSqueegie (author)  HollyMann2 years ago
Working on a Staunton chess set for that board I just finished! :-)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya2 years ago
you are very welcome. It's my pleasure!
johnkul0072 years ago
Fab! Can't wait to turn one!
SlickSqueegie (author)  johnkul0072 years ago
Thanks. Don't forget to share what you make. ;)
Siecle2 years ago
Where's da "OMG, I FREACKIN' LOVE THIS!"-button!? :D
SlickSqueegie (author)  Siecle2 years ago
:-D My head is swelling!
Excellent work! your ibles are amazing :)
SlickSqueegie (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz2 years ago
Thank you very much!
echoalex2 years ago
Looks Awesome .. !
shazni2 years ago
Looks great! Thanks
SlickSqueegie (author)  shazni2 years ago
Thank you very much!
BrittLiv2 years ago
Oh, they turned out great! Good job!
SlickSqueegie (author)  BrittLiv2 years ago
Thank you BrittLiv.