This stacked wooden sugar bowl was inspired by a wood whisperer piece that was used as a salt cellar. I made two of these – the wood-donor uses it for a couple of different kinds of salt while we use ours as a sugar bowl. I always liked white sugar in my tea and raw in my coffee (although I now use raw in both, if you care), so I wanted a fairly compact way to have both on the counter. A good friend found a warped piece of bird’s eye maple in the garage of his new house and figured (insert own, “no i said bird’s eye” gag here) that I might be able to use it. After planing it down, I decided to use it in several smaller sections due to the extent of the warping.
I used a piece of the bird’s eye maple that was a little over 1/2″ deep, and 1 3/4″ deep pieces of cherry and walnut and cut them to size. In hindsight, I would use a slightly thinner piece of each of the cherry and walnut, as the flush-trim router bit that I have didn’t easily reach the template on top.
After drawing the outline of the pieces on a piece of 1/2″ ply, I used a drill press and a hole set to drill two overlapping, but different sized holes that I then used a rasp to even out the edges so that there was one suitably sized and shaped hole to use as a template for the wooden sugar bowl.
I glued all three pieces together with paper in between them so that I could work with them temporarily as one piece of wood. I then sanded them and rounded the edges on the belt sander.
After sanding, the three pieces were pried apart with a putty knife and then the paper was sanded off on the belt sander. Following that, the bulk of the material was removed with a forstner bit, and then the templates shown above were used to rout out the final bowl-holes.
After routing, the wooden sugar bowls were sanded and then mineral oil was applied. After resting for a day, Odie’s wood butter was used to seal and stabilize the wood, and act as the final finish.
The almost finished article(s). (After this, i inserted magnets to make the lids close to a specific point.) The sugar bowls (ok, he uses his as a salt bowl…) came out nicely, but not all that well balanced with their height.
I’m not sure this post shows how great the bird’s eye maple is, but here is a close up – just amazingly bright and textured: