To carve the inside of the bowl, we need to turn the workpiece over and find a different way to hold it. I use the 'paper sandwich' method. You can find out more about the paper sandwich here.
Normally I use a thickish paper (crepe, watercolour or manilla) and thinned glue. However, because you could be working heavily with mallet and gouge from the side, there's a danger of the paper splitting prematurely. I suggest you make the glue full strength work and have the paper thinner, more like newspaper. I grip the block of wood that I glue on to the bowl in a vice to begin with.
Later on, for better access to the small parts, I run a carver's screw into this block and hold the whole workpiece in an adjustable device.
| 04 September 2016 13:01
Hello Chris - I think I've solved a way to use the table saw. I've used the table sled to cut lines down to the top of the bowl. It works just fine, no chance of a kick back because there is no fence involved. It's safe.
| 26 August 2016 22:23
Joe - Perhaps I was wrong to mention it, health and safety being what it is, but that was my approach and I am very familiar with table saws. Yes, there is always the possibility of kickback, and that's true of cutting round things on s bandsaw too, and that's why trading and experi nice are so necessary. A safe way of cutting the word is with a handsaw of course, gripping the bowl securely in a vice.
| 26 August 2016 12:37
Good Morning Chris - a question about using the table saw to cut out the top of the bowl. Isn't it a bit dangerous to run a circular object over the saw blade - kick back would be a possibility. Did you use a better way to "secure" the bowl as you cut out the top?