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    Routed Bowl question

    I have all the ingredients (tools) to rout a bowl. The question I have is there are two ways of doing it, use a router table or do it free hand. I would like to hear from people who have done this and what their opinions on the two choices are.

    Thanks, DKT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dietrich Trenner View Post
    I have all the ingredients (tools) to rout a bowl. The question I have is there are two ways of doing it, use a router table or do it free hand. I would like to hear from people who have done this and what their opinions on the two choices are.

    Thanks, DKT
    choice#3 lathe. Don't have a opinion on the two options just thought i'd throw in choice#3
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    I did one once on a router table. Just set the fence for the thickness of the rim, turn it upside down and route out everything that didn't look like a bowl.
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    Scary.

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    Consider hogging out the bulk of the material with a forstner bit on the drill press.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Scary.
    Ditto. Maybe with a template and hand-held router on a well-anchored piece, but doing plunge cuts on a router table sounds like a good way to launch a chunk of wood (or fingers) across the shop.
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    A router turned bowl doesn't sound like much fun.

    A lathe turned bowl sound like A whole lot of fun.

    Yep you can take flat material & make it round on a lathe.

    Its a little harder to take round material & make it flat on a table saw.
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    Making a bowl or platter with a router, you use a template and route it from the top, not on a router table.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Bowl Template.jpg   Bowl.02.jpg   Bowl.01.jpg  
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    Dan, that is neat and interesting. A whole different concept. Turners should not feel threatened by that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Dan, that is neat and interesting. A whole different concept. Turners should not feel threatened by that.
    Agreed.

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