Dough Bowl

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This is my first attempt at a dough bowl, I would like to say traditional but its far from a traditional approach or design. I started out intending to make a traditional hand carved dough bowl but once I had cut a section from a large Spalted Beech log and split it with an axe and maul, all I could think about was the amount of lost timber. Spalted Beech is one of my favourite woods and a split log 46cm wide would normally make three to four good salad bowls or even a nested set once I take cores from each subsequent core, all will become clear. That’s not just a waste of timber its a loss of revenue too so instead of going at it with an adze strait away I’ve tried something different.

So below is the blank 40 seconds after I mounted it, then I decided to do the blog Post so I have stared to true up the base at this point the blank is 57cm long by 46cm wide and weighs about 45KG. I mounted it on a faceplate ring with six screws the ring then gives a very positive mount on to my chucks 100mm dovetail jaws.

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Five minuets later and I’m starting to get it balanced up so i can turn the speed up on the lathe.

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Another five minuets and its ready to re-mount on to a dovetailed recess cut in to the base of the bowl blank.

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Here is the top face with the faceplate ring removed ready to be trued up.

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Another five minuets and the top is trued up and two rings cut in to the top face to mark the cores I will remove, and a recess cut in the centre for re- mounting the cores.

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Here you can see the core after its been knocked loose after the coring tools has done its work.

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Now you can see the hollow left by the core. I still have some carving left to do to finish the inside of the bowl but now I have a timber core to make more products with.

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Here the core is re-mounted ready to have the outside trued up and a recess put in the base for re-mounting and taking another core.

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Now its turned around again for the next stage, I’ve stopped half way through the coring process to take this photo.

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Here you can see the hooked tool after its done its job, now all I have to do is tap the core hard on one edge and it will fall out.

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Here I’ve taped out the core.

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Now the second core is re-mounted on the same recess and trued up, this time I cut a small foot to re-mount the blank for hollowing or I could choose to take a third smaller core, this time I didn’t as it was already getting dark and the cows were demanding attention.

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Finally the three bowls ready for drying and re-turning or carving to final shape.

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The largest one will end up looking like  a traditional dough bowl after carving, updates will follow.

All the best, Steve.