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.
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- Wood log
- Angle Grinder
- Flax Seed Oil
Published March 11th, 2018 11:11 AM
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Bob MacKenzie on Mar 19, 2019
I have made several bowls from logs. I use a chain saw disc attachment to rough out the shape then I use a 3" or 2" loop and hook backer in my hand drill with a variety of sanding papers from 40 grit down to 220 grit to get my final finish.
I use 5" sanding paper on the 3" or 2" backer pads so the paper molds around the side to give me a nice smooth contour on the work.
I hand sand the final finish and coat it with vegetable oil to be food safe.
Tolko Vaira on May 14, 2021
My husband uses these plans from Woodglut and is very happy with them. However. I love yours!
It is beautiful bowl❤️❤️ It would look good on my kitchen table with apples in it❤️❤️ Was the log dryer out or a fresh cut one?
would like to try this.....where did you take the instruction? Thanks for sharing.
this is beautiful! i can't wait to make one.