Richard’s Hexagonal Wood Bowl

Viewer Project - By Richard M. Balke from Indiana
Added on November 28, 2011

I saw a video on how to make a bowl with a router. A lot of wood was wasted. I decided to try making the same bowl out of 1 X 2 boards using corner halving joints routing out a lot less material. First I made a square bowl, then a rectangle, then the major challenge of the hexagon bowl. I bought a Powermatic band saw to cut the joints. This six sided wood bowl is made from Walnut, Oak, Maple and Aspen wood. On the six corners of the bowl you will see the beautiful end grain of each of these different woods. The top is Walnut. The rest is laid out in a pattern that climbs around the bowl. The bowl stands 3 1/2 inches high and 9 1/2 inches from point to point of the hexagon. Four different jigs where made to make this bowl. The most extensive jig is pictured. Each corner halving joint had to be cut perfectly and each board had to be the exact same depth to make this bowl fit together perfectly. I dry fitted the bowl together as seen in the jig numbering each board. I checked each joint for fit and made adjustments if needed. This is one of the many steps needed to make this bowl.


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