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Old 07-24-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Default Pinned blade/Bandsaw Bowl Technique

An experiment with scraps to test fabricating a bowl without feeding blade through hole(s) in the material. In this case, I used a scroll saw, but never had to unclamp the blade. It would have been just as simple (but probably faster) to use a bandsaw.

The half segments are marked and cut, and the half rings are glued using a clamping system of some sort. I've pictured my version of clamps to hold each half ring and allow enough clamping pressure to give a good glue joint thus completing each ring.

The completed bowl is 11 3/4" dia x 3" high. All rings are cut 45*. As I indicated, the material was total scrap, each half piece measuring 6"x12". But as sad as the material is, my wife has already claimed the bowl.
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I could not blame her on that, the bowl is striking. The flaws in the wood give it character and charm. You did a great job on it. This bowl came out looking fine. Thanks for sharing this one with us.

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Nice job, Ron. This should be helpful to folks who have pin type blades, but still want to make bowls. And if your wife is happy, you can probably buy all the new "toys" that you need.

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Thanks for showing us that. I have been curious how it would turn out by doing this. I think I will be trying this on my next attempt.

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Another nice job on the bowl, Ron! The clamping jig is interesting. Lets you see exactly what is going on. I've just been using a couple square pieces of plywood and quick clamps, but it obscures the view of the bowl and I always worry that something will slip out of alignment and I won't notice until the glue is dry.
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I just make a starting cut, with the grain to get to the inner ring. I then glue the rings back together, BEcause the cut was with the grain, it hardly shows.

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A quick follow on. I took a 2 by 4 of ceder and glued it up to make a very large bowl blank 1-1/2" thick. I cut out the rings the same way I described it in the post above.

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