Picture of EZ bowl from 1 board on the lathe
Here's a quick and dirty example of a redwood bowl made on the wood lathe at Maker Place: http://www.makerplace.com/

This bowl started as one 1' x 8' board.

The 1 ft by 8 ft redwood board cost me $16 at the local lumber yard.

Tools required (All available for use at Maker Place):

Planer (not necessary if board faces are already VERY smooth/level)
Chop saw/table saw/hand saw/ any way to rip board into 1 ft pieces
Band saw (again, very helpful but not mandatory)
Wood lathe with faceplate, chisels

Step 1: Board prep

Picture of Board prep
Make sure the board is flat on both faces, if it isn't, run it through the planer on both sides. The edge condition doesn't matter.
rimar20002 years ago
Beautiful bowl!

To avoid the problem you mention in step 7 (faceplate screws) I glue the piece over a sacrificial piece of wood. It works well. I made 4 or 5 "chucks" welding a nut on a large washer, and doing 3 holes in this. The sacrificial piece has a hollow center, to facilitate cutting it when the work is finished.
I wish there was a maker place in Michigan. I would be a member.
There's a TechShop in Detroit!
Beautiful bowl! Nice work....
shirleyvwil2 years ago
I think that is a very beautiful bowl that you have made. I have a lathe myself and have made bowls and lots of other things. I find it relaxing and very rewarding to create something filled with so much beauty. Keep turning!
hosseinkh3 years ago
Nic Work Man !!!!

Please LEarn To make Hookah (Shishah ) Body
Bom6at3 years ago
Very nice work!
veryken3 years ago
Good job! I'm curious if redwood would be too flaky for regular cutting on a lathe. No doubt it's easy to cut though. I suppose you have nice clear (knot free) pieces? I've heard that basswood is ideal for turning. But you now have a nice planter bowl there with a solid base.
TimS1243 years ago
Small clarification suggested: Step 2 is crosscutting, not ripping. Ripping is along the grain, but you're cutting across the grain. Same typo in the Tools Required part of Step 1.

Welcome back to the world of wood turning. :-)
Dr.Snore3 years ago
If you had a RingMaster, you could have made eight bowls the same size from that same board.
ehensel13 years ago
Great instructable, just one warning to first timers. DO NOT USE DRY WALL SCREWS! They seem to be the ones everybody has lying around, but are far too brittle, and can snap under the torque of the lathe, which could possibly send your wood flying in an unknown direction. Use stainless steel if possible. Finally, keep track of where they are, and how deep they are, you don't want to hit them with your chisel. The bowl looks great though, good job!
buckmcf3 years ago
Great work, have you tried segmented bowl turning? it uses less material.
ramz858 (author)  buckmcf3 years ago
thanks! I haven't tried segmented yet, I was too antsy to get going after not turning for 15 years or so, this got me back into it.
rimar20003 years ago
Very nice work!
That's awesome! I didn't know a wood bowl was made like that!