You may have found that you can’t use your trusty lathe to turn oversize bowls because they’re just too big to handle, but that shouldn’t stop you from making them! You can utilize homemade or store-bought patterns and a plunge base router to create beautiful compartment routed bowls for chips, dips and whatever else you want to serve.

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  • Mike Coughlin

    Where is the PDF for this video?

  • Steve Kreins

    George, as always, this is a great video instruction! I don’t have all the tools to complete a project like this, BUT, I learned many good tips from your teaching that I can apply to other projects. Thanks so much!

    • George Vondriska

      Glad you liked it. These bowls are fun to make. Glad you can use the tips

  • Patrick

    Thanks for another great gift idea. I like the look of the light colored bowl with a dark rim. When gluing up the block I assume I need to glue up a panel of maple or similar light colored wood then face glue a darker colored panel on top of the lighter colored panel. Question is how much movement can I expect from the two panels made of two different types of wood and what precautions should I take to minimize this? I plan to make a few bowls as Christmas gifts for family and don’t want the bowls to come apart with seasonal movement of the wood.

    I’ve searched the forums and can’t really find a good video or article to help me on this one.

    Thanks in advance for any advise you can lend.

    • Customer Service

      Hi Patrick, great question! The key to this is using woods with similar working characteristics. For example, maple and walnut, not pine and walnut. Additionally, glue the material together so the grain direction is parallel.

      • Patrick

        Thank you for your quick reply. Can you point me to any resources that categorize these species with similar working characteristics? Or, is it as simple as keeping hard woods with hard woods and soft woods with soft woods?

        Also, can you explain to me why keeping the grain parallel is important, other than for aesthetics? When I ask this I’m thinking about plywood and it’s “stability” with the grain of each layer rotated up to 90 degrees for improved dimensional stability. Would the bowl project be less stable with cross grain layers because it’s only two layers as opposed to multi-plys?

        Again, thanks for your input and any resources you can point me to would be appreciated.

        • Customer Service

          Hi, Patrick. Wood expands and contracts perpendicular to the grain. If you cross the grain in the glue up, one piece may be trying to move seasonally, and the other piece won’t allow it. You’ll develop a crack. Plywood, with its very thing veneers, isn’t affected by this. In part, it’s safe to say keep hardwoods together and softwoods together. I have an old copy of The Good Wood Handbook that provides a lot of info about different woods, and might be helpful to you. It’s available on Amazon.

          • Patrick

            Thank you. I found a used copy of the Good Wood Handbook for under $6 including shipping on Amazon. Thanks for all your help!

  • Joe Becka

    Still can’t get PDF. Is it possible to send to my E Mail

    • Customer Service

      Hi, Joe! We have sent the PDF to your email address. Happy Woodworking!

  • spencer

    where can i find the flap disc sander you used in this video