Make a Wooden Bowl From a Log
I took a class recently to learn how to make a bowl or tray from a piece of a log. Not having any skill with carving wood, I was a little apprehensive, but learned so much from the instructor and know that I can do it now!
Here is the piece of walnut wood that I chose for my bowl. It measured about 9" x 14" and 2.5" deep.
First thing I did was to grind off the bark on the back of the log and give the log a bit of a flat surface to rest one. You have to clamp the log down well and use an angle grinder with a wood carving disc attached.
After you get a bit of a flat surface on the back, you flip it over (clamp it well) and start forming the shape of the actual bowl using the grinding angle. It takes a long time to grind this down and wood chips and saw dust is everywhere! Be sure to wear a mask, safety glasses, and an apron.
In this photo, you can see the bowl actually taking shape. I wanted to round the corners, so I used a bench sander to round the edges slightly.
After sanding with an orbital hand sander using several different grits from 120 - 220 - the bowl was smooth enough for a good overview with a very fine hand sanding block. I sanded both the back and the front to this smooth finish.
I wanted to apply an oil that would bring out the natural beauty of the walnut wood and be food safe too, so I used Flax Seed Oil and conditioned it with Beeswax. So excited with my final product and ready to make more bowls and even trays on my own!
I love looking at the BEFORE photo on the left and comparing it to the completed bowl AFTER photo on the right.
- Wood log
- Angle Grinder
- Flax Seed Oil
Published March 11th, 2018 11:11 AM