If you are gonna make a funnel, you might as well make a pretty funnel! Nice, might be just about the right size for a canning funnel or display it on the top shelf and nobody will know the difference.
Oddly enough with the 43 or so other errors I have repeated often enough to pretty well have them perfected I have never made a funnel, yet! I came pretty close for the same reason you made one I suspect. I wasn't happy with how the bottom of my pieces looked after knocking off the tenon so the obvious solution was to use a recess. Built in foot, looks nice, a handful of attractive gee-gaw things I can do in the recess to make it look finished. I too overlooked that the bottom of my bowl was getting very thin. It flexed rather easily and if I had such a thing as a vacuum chuck I would no doubt have found out exactly how thick it wasn't!
Fill it in with another wood and keep going, or most of us can us another funnel!
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Bummer about the bowl, David. With the flat bottom, it won't even work very effectively as a funnel. Are you sure that was padauk?. I've never seen any that color or with that kind of grain. Pretty wood, whatever it is.
And just to be the yang to Jim's ying, I've never liked the looks of using a contrasting plug on the bottom of a bowl. The times I've done it, the patch has always stood out to me like a Band-Aid on a supermodel's face. (But that's strictly a personal opinion...others like the look.) I'd just hang it up as-is on the shop wall as a reminder not to do that again.
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David all is not lost. BTDT got the T shirt.
Read how i sorted my chery bowl out where i did the exact same thing
Tried to just post the pic but dunno something did not work out Oh well you can see the whole thread instead.
Best of luck.
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That is a good looking funnel. On wood I have bought I squared it up in a donut chuck, squared the bottom off and glued on a piece of different wood. After drying make a tenon and finish. I rarely do this with free wood but if I spent money on it I hate losing it.
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