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Bowl thickness

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Dean, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Dean

    Dean

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    I have been thinking about the bowl thickness. I am looking to kind of come up with a set thickness for the diameter of bowls. I’m talking about user bowls “utility” 12-15inch What do you guys think a good thickness is for these sizes that offers light but still strong?

    Thank you
     
  2. Bill Blasic

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    It depends on the wood, I see no set thickness because of wood properties.
     
  3. Paul M. Kaplowitz

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    3/8" for that size bowl.
     
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  4. robo hippy

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    I am generally in the 1/4 to 3/8 max range. If I go thicker, it is because the wood is more light weight, and just doesn't feel right if it is thinner. I do once turn my bowls, and 3/8 is a bit thick for some of the more warp prone woods like Madrone where you will get more cracking if you leave it that thick.

    robo hippy
     
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  5. hockenbery

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    I often make the rim a little thicker.
    3/8 - 1/4” for the wall
    Rim can be 1/2” - 3/8

    12” bowl the thinner.
    15” bowl the thicker.

    I turn a bead on the rim it might be even thicker or if I leave a band for carving it could be a bit thicker.
     
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