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    Searching for a nice looking bottom

    Recently got back into the shop from almost a year off. Been so long I almost forgot how to turn. Anyhow, I am almost finished with a bowl that I'll be giving to a good friend of mine and I am looking for a bottom that is as presentable as the bowl itself will be. Not looking for fancy, just something that stands out a bit and has an appeal to the eye.
    So how do you finish your bottoms? Is it random design, straight forward flat, concaved, or do you have a "trademark" design?
    Thanks,,,

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    Hey Doug, welcome back to the vortex

    It really depends, if you had a pic of the bowl in question, it would help.

    I usually like a simple slight concave to the bottoms of my bowls, they usually sit better on the this, IMHO, but I've also seen a lot of guys do great things with a foot.

    Sometimes, I'll add a few lines on the bottom, but usually not, as I sign, date and write the species of wood on the bottom.

    Cheers!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Jones View Post
    Searching for a nice looking bottom
    Are you competing with Shaz for the "most aluring post" title?
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    Rennie

    I was thinking the same thing!

    Jay

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    Thanks Mark!
    I will do my best to simulate that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Jordan View Post
    Thanks Mark!
    I will do my best to simulate that!
    Hey Pete,
    Did you mean simulate or stimulate?
    Oh, this is getting bad. Or is that good?

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    You guys are a riot! Of course, being as pure as the wind driven snow I never thought such a thing...

    (Well... other than thinking "aren't we all?")


    I agree with Stu... it depends on the shape of the bowl. Some forms look great with a foot, some don't. Most utility bowls have better stability with a nice wide tenon-style foot.

    I prefer to remove the foot on small pieces (HF's, etc) when possible and just leave a simple recessed ring.

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    Hey Doug, good to hear from ya! Can't help though other than to ask "What is the wood telling you?"

    Wes

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    I agree with the others Doug. It depends on the bowl. On my NE's I like to put a foot. On utility type bowls most I will concave the bottom and on small things I like concave.
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    Thanks all,

    I took into consideration about the shape of the bowl and did a yahoo image search. I think I found something that will work quite well.
    A basic shaped bowl with a foot at about 4" across and 3/16" thick. I believe I'll just come in about 3/4" and do a square inward cut about 1/8" deep.

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