Turning Large Bowls on the Table Saw.




Introduction: Turning Large Bowls on the Table Saw.

About: I am a teacher who enjoys environmentally responsible woodworking. Most evenings will find me in the shop working with my now 8 year old son Shay who is both my greatest helper and biggest fan.

My wife wanted a center piece but I don't have a large lathe.  After testing the idea I dove right in and coved it out!  lol, "coved it out?  Get it?  Ahhh, wood nerds.  There will be a full 30+ min how to video soon but I really liked the way the short video and the bowl turned out and wanted to share.

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    Up there for thinkin', down there for dancin'!

    How did you figure out the offset and jug for turning the inside of the bowl? I love the idea! Great work

    I bought Dewalt DW175 miter saw two months ago. I have problem with cutting board 90
    degree. Do you think I use table miter saw improve cutting boar? I want to
    décor crib for my daughter

    I'm not sure you needed the splines. It was unclear, but it looked like you used the same wood for both the bowl as the splines and it looked like the grain for the bowl was going in the same direction as wood for the splines.

    You may not realize but a properly glued and clamped long-grain joint using yellow carpenters clue (and probably epoxy) is stronger than the wood itself. Meaning that the wood will break somewhere other than the joint before the joint breaks.

    You might have saved yourself a lot of work.

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    The spalted wood is weakened by rot and I was afraid it would not hold with a lot of strength as I cut most of it away. I used the cherry splines because I figured if I can't hide them then I might as well show them off.

    Brilliant method! Wish I'd seen this before last weekend. Wife and I made a game wheel and cut the main wheel out with a jig saw. Wheel isn't perfectly circular now, resulting in pegs that are imprecisely placed. May think about just buying another hunk of wood and rebuilding the wheel with this method.


    Impressive. I was quite intrigued by the title, and then again by the methods you used. I would have never thought to use a table saw that way. Very nice work! Hope you win something!

    Thanks so much for sharing!! The speed up was super. I try to avoid videos because they are just so slow at conveying what I could read in 1/10 the time. Your video was perfect!

    Way to stretch the functionality of your tools. Great instructable.

    Very smart and a great video - appreciated. So good to see a youngster involved ... my younger daughter helped working on vintage cars aged 5 and now rebuilds and maintains her own cars as well as driving them

    Cool project, and interresting way to go about it. Thanks for sharing!

    What I would love to hear more about is your finishing technique, I have not come across using epoxy as a finish before.

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    It is a side effect of working in spalted wood and that is the only place I do it. If you have never worked with it before spalted wood has started to rot and can be very spongy. It is also beautiful so when working with it you have to fill the sponge with something, either coats of finish or in this case epoxy. If you just brush on poly it will suck into the soft spots and pool on the hard giving it an ugly mottled look. Poly will do it but you have to sand between to keep the hard spots from building a real thick film. With the epoxy it soaks in, seals and hardens then after light sanding you can give it just one coat of poly and it goes on even. Most of the times... sometimes the punk is so bad it takes two coats of epoxy. When that happens you just have to paint it on again and scrape it back down to bare wood, a real pain. The detailed how to video is done and should be online by Monday afternoon, I talk and show the process there.

    that is awsome. was that a dual blade I saw for the "dishing out"

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    Yes. I roughed it out with a wobble dado blade because it could take 3/4 of an inch latterly when I slid it sidewise but was in every other respect a horrible little blade. It also didn't have the reach. The final cuts were done with a good stacked dado blade with the very last cut being about 1/8 of an inch.

    Great job, I like that you had a little helper on the project or at least came to visit you while you worked.

    Some awesome ingenuity shown here. Nice one! The finished bowls looks so good too!

    Coolest video i've seen on instructables and a really incredible project. Great work!


    4 years ago

    I love the music! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7H4A35yUmIU&feature=youtube_gdata - Video Tube for YouTube - iPhone/iPad

    I'd like to give your technic a try.

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