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How to Make A Bowl with a Router


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How to make a wooden bowl without a lathe. If you’re familiar with making cutting boards, this is definitely right up your alley. In the video I walk you through all the steps for making bowls with a router and some jigs.

00:00 How to Make a Router Bowl
01:20 Wood Selection
03:26 Making a Bowl Blank
06:32 Segmented Wood Ring
10:18 Circle Cutting Jig
11:46 Routing Circles
15:24 Material Removal Options
16:42 Drill Press Material Removal
18:44 Making Router Plate
20:04 Flattening Bowl Bottom
21:34 Bandsaw Waste Removal
22:05 Flush Trim Bowls
23:19 Edge Profiles
24:54 Sanding Tips
27:24 Raising the Grain
28:18 Finishing Options
32:16 Final Tips


—?Armor Tool Discount?—
Use promo code 2IOVMXAQ9W at https://www.armor-tool.com to save 10% on your order! Mobile workstations, clamps, pocket hole jigs, and more! (This is the mobile workbench I rolled outside and clamps I used to hold the pieces down)

—?Tools/Supplies I Use?—
Full List: https://www.amazon.com/shop/6_8woodworks

—As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.—

Table Saw: https://amzn.to/3sw2A2G
Router: https://amzn.to/3xdgS9W
Circle Cutting Jig: https://amzn.to/3iYXXe1
Spiral Upcut Bit: https://amzn.to/3f7ZBca
Flush Trim Bit: https://amzn.to/3g0RS07
Collet Extender: https://amzn.to/2TFHZwM
Bowl Bit: https://amzn.to/3j09eLg
Plexiglass Sheet: https://amzn.to/3f9hqI6
1/8” Brass Rod: https://amzn.to/3l8fRO6
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2” Forster Bit: https://amzn.to/377d4wr
Large Chamfer Bit: https://amzn.to/3BR20lk
Large Roundover Bit: https://amzn.to/3idjLni
Drill Press Sanding Attachment: https://amzn.to/37cSScs
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Arbortech Contour Sander: https://amzn.to/2VjOV32
Angle Grinder: https://amzn.to/376P24C
Circle Stencil: https://amzn.to/3l6hTyo
Awl: https://amzn.to/3id3EWC
Incra Miter Gauge: https://amzn.to/3eKj2bi
Incra Miter Sled: https://amzn.to/3bmEtNl
Hose Clamps: https://amzn.to/3rH3dqy
Planer: https://amzn.to/3sutCaF
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Condensed Router Bowl Bits & Accessories List: https://a.co/4WUVBE6

For more about woods I use, where to buy the wood, and other tips and info, check out my Wood 101 video: https://youtu.be/T0a3mpnX5CM


For more about my DIY router table, check out https://www.instagram.com/tv/CAReu4ijclI/



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  1. using wooden plate for food sounds annoying. gotta wash and dry right after then wax. also cant put it in the microwave. ceramic it is

  2. I am a beginner woodworker and loved to learn from you. Great video and amazing bowls! Thank you for sharing. I am looking forward to creating some bowls like yours!

  3. Wow! I was just trying to find a video on how to must a groove in a bath tray for a wine tumbler. Now I'm inspired to learn more. Also, I see why these bowls are so expensive. That's a lot of work!

  4. that's a lot of wasted material there gotta be a better way to take out the middle of your work piece or even design it from beginning in a less wasteful way?

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