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Make your own bowl press and angle guide to speed up the construction process

If you only make layered ring bowls or baskets on occasion, you can probably get by using clamps and scrap wood. But, a bowl press makes the whole assembly process a lot easier. Here are a few links that demonstrate how to make your own bowl press.

Making a Universal (Bowl) Press, By Dave Van Ess

Woodcraft also presents a YouTube video on Helping You Make a Segmented Bowl Press.

And, we've also included the plan to make a angled drilling guide. To make this guide, which allows you to use a hand drill to drill the angled blade-entry holes for the stacked rings, tilt the right side of your saw table down to 23°, and make a straight cut. When you go to drill, hold the guide against your blank, and place the bit along the angled edge. 

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Carole Rothman
An eldercare specialist, Carole has co-authored two books on caregiving: I'll Take Care of You and the 2002 IPPY Award-winner for best self-help book, Are Your Parents Driving You Crazy. A skilled speaker and interviewee, she has been a guest on scores of live TV and radio shows throughout the U.S.

After joining a community woodshop, she quickly mastered the scroll saw and began teaching the tool to her neighbors and friends. Although from time to time she has encountered jealousy and disdain from her male woodworking counter-parts, Carole doesn't let their attitude get her down. Instead, she keeps on cutting and lets her work speak for itself.

Read more about Carole on her blog at www.scrollsawbowls.blogspot.com. more