Step 2: Mark and cut the coconut.

The next step is to draw a line with your marker around the circumfrence of the coconut, either dividing it in half or at whatever proportions you prefer your bowl to be. Remember that the half with the hole in it will be unusable as a bowl, and should probably be the more shallow of the two halves. To get an even line, I recommend standing a ruler on its end, with the coconut on a flat surface, and making a series of marks at the same height, then connecting these with a solid line.

When sawing along the guideline you've marked, I find the most effective way to get an even cut is not to saw all the way around the shell, but to pick one spot and work in deeper from there. My saw was fairly dull, so it worked much better to cut a narrow groove and then saw straight through from that point, using the guideline to keep the saw even. This step should take about ten or fifteen minutes, depending on how strong you are (and how sharp your saw is).
does coconut oil work?
Nice looking project. One comment on oldorf's note.. Olive oil will turn rancid with time. I make wooden bowls, spoons, cutting boards, etc, and treat them with mineral oil. Use USP grade from the pharmacy. It is harmless, never spoils, and is easily recoated when it wears off. If the coconut shell is substantially nonporous, any of the common clear finishes will be fine. They are all food safe after they have cured - usually a week or so.
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Well done - but poor coconut - you butchered it. I have got some ideas how to rescue the juice and meat. Every Coconut has three eyes on one of the ends - one of them is realy soft - so test them and poke a nail without much force through the weakest one. This will allow you to drain it completely. If the nut was fresh and has a lot of juice/milk, you can drink it - it is delicious.<br><br>The meat is a delicacy, so it should not be wasted or destroyed. SInce you need an intact half of the nut you can not use the easy method of opening it with a hammer. So use a clean saw. Once you have opened the nut take your time and cut the meet with a knife - then use a strong spoon to force it out of the shell. Skip the microwave unless you want cooked coconut meat. Wash the meat under running water and sample it...<br><br>If you have a disc sander you can trim the rim of the shell nicely with it. For a food safe finish I would entirely rely on Olive Oil - which makes it look and smell nice.<br><br>
Great instructable - the finished coconut looks terrific! <br><br>However before you go full Gilligan I urge you to consider a food-safe finish. &quot;Boiled&quot; linseed oil contains various drying chemicals that you definitely do not want to drink. Likewise I would never put mineral spirits into anything that I ever planned to eat or drink from.<br><br>Some food safe finishes include Beeswax, Mineral Oil, Walnut Oil, pure Tung Oil, raw Linseed oil, and Shellac. For the latter three you'll want to buy only the pure product, food grade and without additional chemicals - these can be hard to find but will be available from specialty woodworking shops, etc. The products that you'll find at your local hardware store will almost certainly not be something that you would want anywhere near your food.<br><br>
The finished bowl looks amazing. Great tutorial. :)

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