With all the hub-bub of late it is time for a quick and easy, I mean really easy, project that can be used around the house or given as a gift. Today we are going to make a small but useful project. And, it can be made in less than an hour.
Let's start at the beginning, which is generally a good idea.
Mine started with a broken bamboo cutting board. 😠→
I like the bamboo, but it's not working for a cutting board any more.
Let's make something out of the ruins.
Here is the story. We make gourd décor as a hobby and small business. Gourds are very versatile, but have one problem. Round bottom. Set them on the table as is and they will tip over. I wanted to make a simple stand. I know most of you will never have a gourd problem, but I realized this pattern makes an awesome bowl stand and or, pot holder. And since it is made in 2 flat pieces it can be stored in your cooking accessory drawer.
Supplies and equipment
1/4" to 1/2" wood of your choice
Paint, stain, or décor of your choice
I first made the pattern that I was going to use. To customize this you can change the height, and or the curve that the bowl will sit in. I used the pattern below.
This is the pattern I used. Note the slit in the middle on the bottom. On the second cut out the slit will be in the middle on the top. this needs to be 1/2 the distance of the width so that the two pieces will slip together. Be mindful of the thickness of your wood so that the slits will be the appropriate size to slip together firmly but not overly tight.
I first used a hole cutting attachment on my big drill to cut the holes I wanted. This is an optional step and you can cut any design you want, or none at all.
I used the Proxxon mini bandsaw to cut my 2 pieces out.
If you don't have a bandsaw and scroll saw works just as well!
Proxxon makes a good one!
Sanding my pieces using Proxxon's OZI/E delta sander. It gets into all the curves easily.
Now, it is up to you as to how you want to finish it. Mine, I left plain as I couldn't decide what I wanted to do with it. I may eventually paint it Christmasy.
upside down as a pot holder, cake display etc
|bowl (or gourd holder)|