How To Make A Square Bowl by Matthew (Dean) Wilson

Matthew D. Wilson is MDWoodart.  He has a moderate 2-car shop garage and creates furniture, boxes, chess boards, wooden jewelry, turning items, and vintage radio restoration, some with upcycles to MP3 Players. You can check out his woodworking world at MDWoodart.com.

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In this blog, Matthew shows us how to create a square wood bowl.  Pick your favorite wood in any choice of size, about 1″ thick or more, depending upon what you want your finished thickness to be.
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Begin smoothing one face of the board with a hand-plane or joiner, then smooth an edge as well.  Rip the board to choice width.
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Cross-Cut the board to make a perfect square, then mark the corner to corner punch the center.

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Mount the faceplate and blank to the lathe.  Create a recess and mount the chuck to the recess.

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Remove the faceplate, attach the chuck with blank to the lathe, and begin the turning process.  Matthew uses the Easy Wood Full Size Finisher to create the inside shape of the bowl.

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After completion of cutting the inside shape of the bowl, cut the underside shape and sand the entire bowl. Apply your finish of choice.  Woodcraft carries General Finishes Polyacrylic water-based top coats in flat, satin, semi-gloss and gloss applications.  another fine choice would be the Waterlox Finish products, also at Woodcraft.

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Two finished square bowls that can be used as coasters, a jewelry tray, paper clip holders for your desk, or for whatever your imagination and design requirements may be.

Contact Matthew at MDWoodart and have him create something for you today!

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