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So your girlfriend likes knitting things and x-mas is coming soon? Making her a beautiful bamboo yarn bowl that keeps the yarn from getting entangled and unrolls the yarn would be a nice option.


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Materials needed


- wooden bowl (I used a bamboo bowl from Ikea)
- Dremel with a wood milling bit
- small wood drill bit that fits into your Dremel
- Sandpaper stripes
- Dremel polishing bit
- Beeswax block
- Two really steady hands!
 
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Step 1: Drawing the pattern

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I used an Ikea Blanda Matt bowl (20 cm diameter) that is made of bamboo. This material is rather hard but really nice to work with. However, it tends a bit to splintering. You can think of your own pattern or use the one I've used. Just take a waterproof pen, put the bowl bottom side up on a table and draw the pattern on the wood.

Step 2: Cut out the basic shape

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I used the plastic and wood milling bit of my Dremel to cut out the basic shape. However, you have to grip the Dremel really hard to keep it from going it's own way. Don't try to get too close to your painted lines or you will have to adapt your pattern. The fine tuning comes in the next step.

Step 3: Fine-cut

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I used a wood drill bit to fine-cut the remaining material away. You can use it the same way as the milling bit, but it works much slower, thus giving you time to react. Try to get all the material away that lies between your Dremel and the line you've drawn. 

Step 4: Sand down the edges

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Use the sand paper stripes to smoothen all grooves and round all the edges like shown in the pictures. Since the yarn will be gliding along the cut, you really want it to be smooth.
Nozebra1 year ago
love it!
thank you so much-- I've been wanting to purchase a porcelain yarn bowl, but this is even better--as it's not easily broken and I have most of the materials on hand! :) this is beautifully done-- thank you for sharing how you made this.
dtextor (author)  leeknoodlesmith1 year ago
Youre welcome. I'm always very happy if someone enjoys one of my solutions. :) good luck with the milling!
greese21 year ago
I really like this idea. Even if you wasn't using it for yarn it's a beautiful fruit bowl!
kbavouset1 year ago
This is awesome! Thanks for sharing.
debbo11 year ago
This is beautiful...will you make one to sell?
dtextor (author)  debbo11 year ago
I'm not planning to sell one. Just the shipping fee to the States would be much too high. Maybe you can try it yourself or find someone that's handy with wood?
realife111 year ago
B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T IDEA!!!!
saosport1 year ago
THANK YOU! I have been looking at how to make one of these for a long time. They cost so much to buy. My mom is going to love this. Good luck in the contest.
dtextor (author)  saosport1 year ago
Glad to help! I really hope she will like it! Don't forget to post a picture if you make one. Regards.
will do that will have to be a weekend project. I will be searching for bowls during the week. I do not have an Ikea within two hours of my house:( I have a few other places I think I could pick up a few. I kinda want one for myself and maybe a few friends. I'll post pics asap. Thanks again
dtextor (author)  saosport1 year ago
If you will work with wood instead of bamboo, it might be more prudent to use a coping saw for the initial cut and then smoothen it with the dremel. Some people had no luck with wood and the fine spiral. It tends to break.. Hope that helps. Or maybe you can order the bowl by mail? This option exists in my country. Cheers.
TheManse1 year ago
More great stuff!! Watching you from South Africa :)
wiccanbear1 year ago
this is brilliant! i need to go make one right now, and the q-tip to polish XD i would never have thought of that! fantastic! thanks so much! +1
craftyv2 years ago
I adore this. It combines the functional with the elegant. I can't do woodwork (no tools) but I could try another medium, here's looking for ideas. Great work.
A coping saw is a rather inexpensive tool that would work great here. and some sandpaper to smooth the edges.
Seasons greetings to you and yours. Thanks for your quick responses. I will look for a coping saw in the sales, i'm inspired. Craftyv
Here is links to several for under $10.00.
There are others a little more, say $20.00 but these two will do you just fine!

The blade can be rotated to rotate the saws back out of the way as you progress.

Happy Woodworking!!!

Jerry

Stanley:
http://www.globalindustrial.com/p/tools/Saws-Blades/Saws-Hand/coping-saws-15-106a?utm_source=google_pr&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=Saws-Hand-Panel-google_pr&infoParam.campaignId=T9F&gclid=CJbeoPPmt7QCFYl7Qgodg3EALg

Craftsman:
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_00936251000P?sid=IDx01192011x000001&kispla=00936251000P&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=35-15166543-2
I'm so sorry. I might have removed something (not sure what). I thought flagging would allow me to give you a star or best comment but i got mixed up. So sorry. Blame it on the Boxing day brain.
Oh, by the way. You should but a few blades to cover breakage. It happens to the best of us! ;<)
dtextor (author)  craftyv2 years ago
Pottery will work for shure. But trust me, it really would be a nice project to start a bit with wood working. It's really easy if you take enough time!
craftyv dtextor2 years ago
I agree but I have no access to woodworking tools. Thanks for your reply. Best wishes for the season.
hankins50512 years ago
Good idea, I'm a potter, any reason this couldn't be made out of clay?
If you haven't started on it yet, let me offer this bit of advice. Make the bowl rounded (like the one in the IBLE), with a flat bottomed bowl the yarn tends to slide up to the spiral and jam instead staying centered in the bowl the way it will if the bowl is rounded.
dtextor (author)  hankins50512 years ago
None. I actually have the idea from some I saw somewhere on the net. And they were made of clay. Since I'm not a potter and I rather like working with wood, I went for that one.
I own 2 that were made out of clay, bought on easy. They're not as large as this one. I love them.
make that *etsy*
You should enter this in the Christmas Gifts Contest. I'd vote for you.
Edgar2 years ago
Nice! It went to the Blog, but I must say, junk collectors such as me also see this idea as a good way to use entangled reclaimed wire of all sorts... :D

http://faz-voce-mesmo.blogspot.pt/2012/12/kartodromo-bambu-nano-particulas-um.html
dtextor (author)  Edgar2 years ago
Nice to see that I'm on your blog again! Keep up the great work! Hackers around the world rule!
Edgar dtextor2 years ago
Heh, heh, heh!
nevroth2 years ago
I think I'll send this great idea to my boyfriend as a "hint hint wink wink" for my upcoming birthday. What a fantastic gift idea for knitters, and something that can be done in an afternoon. I LOVE IT!!
dtextor (author)  nevroth2 years ago
Send it to his best friend. This will spread the information and maybe he's happy for the idea himself! :D
octochan2 years ago
This is great, I haven't even heard of a yarn bowl before, but I know I need one. Keeping your yarn in a bag hanging on the back of your chair works, but this is much more elegant.
dtextor (author)  octochan2 years ago
Exactly like me. But I was very happy to find something I can build for her. And I'm pretty sure she doesn't know that something like this exists as well.
miffad2 years ago
Simply brilliant. Must make one for the bride. It may stop the dog from attacking her wool!
dtextor (author)  miffad2 years ago
Please make sure you post a picture if you make one. It really makes me happy to see how many people will build one!
LynnNoE2 years ago
Gee, maybe I'll show this to my husband. hmmmmmm
dtextor (author)  LynnNoE2 years ago
If more women keep writing this I will install a fake email address from which I'll write your husbands and boyfriends as a "friend of yours" that lives somewhere away and knows what you wish for your birthday. :D
Uuvini2 years ago
Great idea with the Q-tip!