Fruit Bowl From Flat Panel




My dad had cut down a tree behind my cousin's house 2 years ago and I wanted to try my hand at cutting my own lumber. I hadn't tried it before so I thought I better start small. I grabbed a block about 16" long x 6" dia and away I went.

Step 1: Cutting and Gluing

I think the wood is black locust but maybe someone can tell me for sure. I made a makeshift log skid for a tablesaw and cut 1" pieces then glued and clamped them together to make a panel about 12" x 12" . After the glue had set, I used a compass to draw concentric circles 1/2" apart. Then I made a mistake,er,um, mid-build design change. The instructible I was following by dave.vaness.79 (in my favorites) shows how to stack and glue scraps then draw a line down the left and make marks every 1/2" across the bottom to mark the angles for my bandsaw. Pic 4 is Dave's picture that shows the angles I was supposed to use on my bandsaw. I didn't stack scraps, I only used 1 piece to mark my angles before I cut the rings out on my bandsaw.. Needless to say, the angles were way too sharp and I wound up with a "ribbed" bowl so my salad bowl is now a fruit bowl. Once I had the rings cut out and glued the through-cuts, I stacked, glued and clamped 2 at a time until all the pieces were glued together. I used waterproof glue so that the bowl can be washed.

Step 2: Finishing

After the glue had set, I used the blade from my block plane and a drum sander on my hand drill to clean up the inside. I sanded to 220 grit and finished with Watco butcher block finish. I don't know if the pics show it well, but the inside wound up with curved sections and I just eased the edges on the outside. I like the way it ended up looking and my wife says she likes it too(maybe she was just being nice, time will tell)



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    2 years ago

    Nice work. Getting the angles right to work with the thickness of the stock can be tricky, I did a project like this once and had similar difficulties the first couple of tries.

    Next one you do, consider turning the layers 90 degrees from each other as you stack them. The bowl will be stronger with any weaknesses distributed and seasonal movement or warpage cancelling itself out, like plywood.