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Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
May 21st, 2020 at 7:16pm
 
The bowl shape and size I sell more often is a 15-16" diameter salad mixing bowl about 5" high.  My preference is a "containing bowl" described by Richard Raffan as one where the top of the bowl closes in slightly.  With an outer band, the thickness at the rim probably averages 5/8" with the sides below the rim about 1/2" thick.  I'm wondering how thick the rest of you leave the bottom.  1/2" just seems too thin, but if the bottom approaches 3/4" in thickness the bowl is heavy.
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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2020 at 8:26am
 
I try to keep all thicknesses the same on my bowls. never really measure them, just what feels right to my fingers. Thinking back they are more than likely 3/8 on sides and 1/2 on bottom. Maybe thicker on bottom.
Now you got me wondering. Undecided

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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #2 - May 22nd, 2020 at 9:30am
 
I tend to leave my bottoms a little thicker (hey now no body shaming allowed!!!  Cheesy Cheesy)  As my wife says if they are too light people will feel like they are throwing the bowl instead of passing it.  Too thick (heavy) it doesn't feel good to pass.  A little weight in the the bottom helps to stabilize the bowl while handling it.

Who am I to question her?  Every bowl she that she really likes the feel of sells faster than the so-so (in her opinion) ones.  I've concluded that's why buyers will pick up and heft the bowls before buying.
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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #3 - May 22nd, 2020 at 10:20am
 
Bill Neff wrote on May 22nd, 2020 at 9:30am:
I tend to leave my bottoms a little thicker (hey now no body shaming allowed!!!  Cheesy Cheesy)  As my wife says if they are too light people will feel like they are throwing the bowl instead of passing it.  Too thick (heavy) it doesn't feel good to pass.  A little weight in the the bottom helps to stabilize the bowl while handling it.


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Reply #4 - May 22nd, 2020 at 11:57am
 
Well, I do try to keep wall and bottom thickness as close to each other as possible. Main reason for me is so that the wood will move consistently. This should help for a longer, less stressed life for the bowl. Mine are all in the 1/4 inch range. Never more than 3/16. In part this is because I once turn my bowls rather than the twice turning. I like warped bowls. Never liked the slightly closed form idea. Just doesn't feel right to me.

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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #5 - May 22nd, 2020 at 3:57pm
 
"Mine are all in the 1/4 inch range. Never more than 3/16"


...just to mention here... and i may be nitpicking, buuut...

1/4" is more than 3/16". Shocked Grin

Ok...carry on. Smiley

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Reply #6 - May 22nd, 2020 at 4:10pm
 
I was told we were going to go metric by 1980, what happened?
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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #7 - May 23rd, 2020 at 10:44am
 
OK so mine are 6mm on sides and 12mm on bottom

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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #8 - May 23rd, 2020 at 11:38am
 
IMO
As long as the piece is proportioned, looks & feels good. It doesn't matter.
I would say don't get caught up in the dimensions, it's irrelevant.

if you make more than one that needs to be identical, yes you should try to measure and repeat as close as the wood allows you to. Dimensional formulas do provide a starting point or a basis to create a piece from but it's just that, a starting point.
Wood is a natural product and therefore every piece is different, trying to place strict rules on the measurements is ill advised at best. A little less math and a little more artistic feel might be in order.

Not every bowl of X diameter, should have a Y thick wall and a Z thick base.
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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #9 - May 23rd, 2020 at 4:58pm
 
Ed Weber wrote on May 22nd, 2020 at 4:10pm:
I was told we were going to go metric by 1980, what happened?

Here is one explanation that I like:
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Re: Salad Mixing Bowl Bottom Thickness?
Reply #10 - May 23rd, 2020 at 7:25pm
 
Great article, Robert.  I've lived in the US, Korea, and Europe.  I'm fully conversant in metric systems and prefer working in metric.  But how can the US change to a system developed by the French when the old standby is still used by the US and those manufacturing dynamos Liberia and Burma.
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