How To: Coconut Bowl





Introduction: How To: Coconut Bowl

 In this Instructable, I will show you how to make a coconut bowl

Step 1: 1: Things You Will Need

Coconut $2
Bowl Slightly Smaller Than Coconut
A saw of some-sort, I used a hacksaw
Good Knife

Step 2: 2: Draining Coconut

 *Be Careful Not To Spill Coconut

Then, After You Have Made The Hole With The Nail, Remove The Nail And Put The Coconut, Hole Down, Into The Small Bowl And Let It Drain.

Step 3: 3: Cutting the Coconut

 With The Sharpie, Make An Even, Horizontal Line Across The Circumference Of The Coconut.

Then with your saw, cut along the line you just marked, may take a while, depending on thickness of the coconut.

Make Sure You Have The Good Half Without The Hole In It Cut To You Desired Height.

Step 4: 4: Scooping Out the Innerds

 You Will Need The Chisel And Knife For This.

Just Go Crazy And Scrape The Inside Of The Bowl Till There Is No White Left, Then Sand The Inside.

*Srsly, Don't Go Yourself, I'm Not Liable For Any Wounds Suffered During This Step.

Step 5: 5: Almost Done

With The Knife Scrape The Outside Of The Bowl And Then Sand Till It's BB Smooth. 

Then, Spray With A Water Proofing Sealant And You Are FINISHED.

Now Go Out And Do Amazing Bowl Things With You're New Bowl!



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    28 Discussions

    A trick I just learned when it comes to getting the meat out of the coconut -

    Pop the halves into the microwave (separately) for two min. each. You'll hear popping sounds, and when it comes out, get a spoon or something and carefully pry between the meat and the shell - it'll pop out in sections, and if you use a sharp knife to cut lines into the meat it'll come out in nice little strips and blocks.

    Eaten while warm it tastes like roasted nuts. If you let it cool back down, it tastes normal. You get a perfectly clean shell interior with little effort. Just be careful not to burn yourself on the heated shell, it helps to pop the meat out under running cool water. :)

    Are there any extra steps if you want to paint it?

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    Maybe try sanding the outside with a rough sandpaper and paint it with your favorite colour?

    Is there any marking system other than a sharpie? Something a little more food-friendly?

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     I'm kinda amazed  w/ this project.. this coconut bowl  is very common here( in Philippines).. My father used to make this as feeder to our cats and chicken, or just use it as panggatong (firewood).

    To scrape the coconut meat use Coconut horse (aka coconut grater) imge Here.

    The "innerds " you just scrape are very useful in cooking (the source of coconut milk)..^^

    I love making things with coconuts. It is such a strong and awesome looking material. Right now I'm working on making a small bongo out of a coconut. I need to make a bowl sometime lol,

    How heat resistant is this bowl? If it isn't at all, what could you do to make it more heat resistant?

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    As InsomniaSAH said above, you can microwave it to get the meat out. So I Would Imagine That Its Microwave Safe At The Least

    WOW...why do you need all this random crap for taking apart a coconut... just pick off the tree here in the philippines.. grab your handy bolo (for all you american... Machete) then use your rippling and bulging muslces to cut it apart... then just scrape the meat and buko juice out with a spoon... no to complicated  :P  i hade to get 10 of these for my sisters party...

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     Well, Thanks For The Comment First Of All. Second Of All, You Cannot Get Clean, Accurate Cuts With With a Bolo( A Bolo Is A Type Of Machete By The Way).


    i suggest lineseedoil as sealant, because it's foodsafe and hardens after some time

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    Any marine supply store will carry linseed oil.  Though you may get more then you need for this project (reason number 11 to do more projects).  Smaller quantities can often be found at/in craft supply stores.

    Can be combined with spar varnish (the real stuff not the poly/acrylic s&%t) in a 8-9 parts oil to 1 part varnish to give a more durable finish.  Also, you can wax and polish the outside to get a high gloss.

    i have no idea... i'm from germany and can'T remember if i ever saw it somewhere to buy... i got a flask together with a traditional bow i got some years ago