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Hi all, I've been turning as a hobby for a while now, I mostly help a contractor renovate houses. Anyway a couple days ago I decided to try routing a design on the side of a bowl I made, I stenciled it all out then went to work with a palm router. I'm not bad with routing on a flat piece of wood, but when I got done with this thing it looked like I was in 6th grade shop again. A small dremel sander helped to smooth things out a little bit and I don't doubt that with practice I'll get the hang of it, and I can always turn more bowls, but does anyone have any special tricks or ideas to make it a little easier?

Like I said I work with a contractor, so my knowledge of tools outside of the basics is kind of limited. Maybe there's a kind of clamp or something for securing stuff like this to a table better then my regular Irwins. Much appreciated.
 

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You may have got more turning eyes if you had posted in the Woodturning forum.

I think you should be routing with the bowl mounted on the lathe and design a jig to hold the router in a vertical position. Most of the jigs I have seen are designed for the operator to move the jig horizontally.

One example.
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/routed-bowls-53703/

Another example
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/my-fluting-jig-33960/

Another example
http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f6/router-lathe-diy-49775/

If you are routing curved flutes, this is normally done by either hand carving or a carving tool like a Wecheer or Foredom and special bits or blades.

http://www.woodcraft.com/search2/search.aspx?query=power carving tools&BrandForDisplay=WeCheer
 
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