How to make a wood bowl

Hey! In this project I’ll illustrate how to build a wood bowl in a few steps. The process is very easy and quite quick (less than 1 hour), the key is that the wood has to be dry enough, otherwise will crack.

A couple of days ago I’ve found a piece of beech log in my yard and  I’ve decided for make my first wooden bowl. I’ve never tried to make one before so I was quite exited to give it a try.

Here is the beech log I’m taking about:

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A couple of key highlights before start the project:

  •  the wood dried for ~1 year. Unfortunately as you can see I have quite a big crack in the middle. I still in the process of learning how to dry the wood without cracks. I’ve read a few articles but as you can see I have no result yet 😦
  • the wood for the bowl has to result from a longitudinal cut rather then radial cut, otherwise will crack. This will also provide a nice grain structure for the bowl.

I’ve mounted the beech log to the lathe using a Nova chuck screw, than I’ve used a roughing chisel until I get to the desired outside shape. For carving the inside part I’ve used a gauge chisel.

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For finishing the bowl I’ve applied two coats of transparent wax while the bowl was on the lathe set to ~ 800 rpm. After ~5 minute when the wax dried a bit I set the lathe to 1600 rpm and with a clean towel I’ve polished the wax on the bowl. This way the bowl will get a shiny look as you can see in the below picture.

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Once the polishing was done I had to cut off the bowl and here we go, the bowl is ready to be used.

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I’m quite happy with the result having in mind that this was my first bowl.

I’m hope you’ve enjoyed this post. See you soon!