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Here's a bowl I made a couple of weeks ago. I got the inspiration from a cutting board that Scott Lewis did. This was really just an experiment but it turned out to be a keeper.

I used an 8/4 slab of Anigre with two bands of Jatoba and one of Maple for contrast. Steps:
  • Made a curved template of 1/4" MDF and cut a 1/4" curved slot/dado in it.
  • Used a band saw to cut down the middle of the slot
  • Used a trim bit to clean it up.
  • Glued up the 3 bands and clamped them between the two halves of the slab.
  • Used a router sled to flatten the assembly because it had warped a bit.
  • Used a forstner bit to hog out most of the bowl cavities
  • Then used two templates (one for each end and another for the middle) and a bowl cutting bit to finish it off.
  • Sanded and Minwax wipe-on to finish, sanding down to 600 grit in between coats and 0000 steel wool before the last coat.

Things I'd do differently: more bands but thinner - I actually broke a clamp on this one. I'd plane the slab flatter next time. And I would take more care in aligning the templates - if you look closely you can see where one was off by a little (about 1/16").
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Measure twice, cut once and CROSS OUT THE WRONG MARKS.

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for an experiment that turned out really well...

This would have been the week that I'd have finished chewing thru the restraints...
If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Here's a bowl I made a couple of weeks ago. I got the inspiration from a cutting board that Scott Lewis did. This was really just an experiment but it turned out to be a keeper.

I used an 8/4 slab of Anigre with two bands of Jatoba and one of Maple for contrast. Steps:
  • Made a curved template of 1/4" MDF and cut a 1/4" curved slot/dado in it.
  • Used a band saw to cut down the middle of the slot
  • Used a trim bit to clean it up.
  • Glued up the 3 bands and clamped them between the two halves of the slab.
  • Used a router sled to flatten the assembly because it had warped a bit.
  • Used a forstner bit to hog out most of the bowl cavities
  • Then used two templates (one for each end and another for the middle) and a bowl cutting bit to finish it off.
  • Sanded and Minwax wipe-on to finish, sanding down to 600 grit in between coats and 0000 steel wool before the last coat.

Things I'd do differently: more bands but thinner - I actually broke a clamp on this one. I'd plane the slab flatter next time. And I would take more care in aligning the templates - if you look closely you can see where one was off by a little (about 1/16").
NIIIIIIICE!

Gotta tell you, I have no idea where that 1/16" is and I bet neither does anyone else. It looks terrific! And different. Excellent.
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I couldn't see it in the pics so I'm thinking it might not be that big of an issue.
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A tempting thing to copy.

How many coats of poly did you use? I'm just starting to try out wipe on ploy and not sure of how many coats.
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I love that slender banded 'snake'!
More Xmas present ideas!!
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Very nice, the Jatoba & Maple give it a nice touch.
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Very nice.
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[QUOTE=cocobolo1;1065026]NIIIIIIICE!

Gotta tell you, I have no idea where that 1/16" is and I bet neither does anyone else. It looks terrific! And different. Excellent.[/QUOT

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I looked and I don't have a clue. All I see is a very nice, good looking project.
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It's your day for show and tell. Great work again.
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