How to Make Tableware Without a Machine




Introduction: How to Make Tableware Without a Machine

About: I am a Japanese inventor who is specializing in hairbrushes. I like making things with DIY.

I saw people making a bowl from a flat plank with using a bandsaw on this site. It is an intersting way to make, however, the bandsaw is required. Now I find a way to make the bowl without the bandsaw as well as any other machines. This method makes it possilbe to reduce time and labor as well as mill ends much more than using the bandsaw. This time I used 1.5mm-thick rattan strips. By using the same method, I also made a sake cup from 0.1mm-thick wood shavings of Japanese cypress.



Step 1: Preparation

I used a dowel and rattan strips. First, I cut the dowel into a small piece and sandpapered the surface. I also polished the rattan strips with sandpapers, then soak in water to make soft.

Step 2: Roll Up and Form

I rolled up the strips around the piece. After finished rolling them up, I formed a dish with using fingers. You can check how to do that on my YouTube.

Step 3: Apply Urushi (Japanese Lacquer)

After it's formed, I used urushi (Japanese lacquer) in order to make it practical. I did a process (apply urushi⇒dry off a day⇒polish the surface) over and over again to finish up, which gives to water resistance and durability. This is entry-level, but If you get more knowledge about how to use urushi, you can put more sophisticated urushi techniques into the dish.

Step 4: Tableware (Clockwise From Top : 1.Dish, 2.Sake Cup, 3.Flat Dish 4.Ramen Bowl, 5.Oval Dish, 6.Tray and Transformable Coffee Dripper)

1.Dish (H 4cm x W 17cm)

2.Sake cup (H 3.3cm x W 6.7cm)

3.Flat dish (H 28.5cm x W 2.5cm)

4.Ramen bowl (H 8.2cm x W 16.5cm)

5.Oval dish (H 3.5cm x W 33cm x L 22cm)

6.Tray (H 1.8cm x W 37cm) & Transformable coffee dripper (H 1.2cm-11cm x W 11.5cm)

Etra:Sake cup made from rattan cortex strips (H 2.2cm x W 7.1cm)



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    22 Discussions


    Question 6 months ago

    How thick is the wall of each of the dishes?
    What is the length of the rattan strips for each dish? I'm guessing that the larger dishes use quite a length. Does it need to be all one piece, and if not, how does adding the next piece on work?

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    I don’t use glue at all when adding next strip. I just do exactly what you mentioned. I only use that at the end of the last strip in order not to fall apart.

    The thick of the wall is Dish1 (8mm), Dish3 (17mm), and Dish5 (6mm). I didn’t measure those lengths before making the dishes, so I don’t know each length exactly, but I used 1.5mm-thick strips for them which could be calculated using a formula. Just for your information, the total length was about 33m when I used 0.1mm-thick wood shavings to make a sake cup ( I could make a sake cup using just one rattan strip, other tableware needed much more strips. It might sound hard to add the strips, but once you try a couple of time, you will figure out how to do that. It’s like “Practice makes perfect.”.

    Cool, thanks for the supplementary information!
    When you add on the next strip, do you glue the end of the last one, and the beginning of the new one? Or do you just keep wrapping it around with no glue and hold it in place until it holds together from the tension?


    6 months ago

    You, my dear, are an artist.

    1 reply

    6 months ago

    Just wondering, once an item is completed (be it with the Urushi lacquer or not), are they dishwasher safe? or do they need to be hand washed?

    1 reply

    This is a reference to urushi ( I got a bad rash when I started using urushi for the first time. It’s said that people contact urushi for the first time, most of them will get a rash, however, some of them will become more resistant to it gradually. Even though I got a bad rash, I kept using urushi and finally got over it because I thought it has great potential compared to other materials. That is why it has been still using even today (

    Urushi lacquer contains the allergen urishiol. People that get contact dermatitis from poison ivy ought to avoid this lacquer.

    I use only urushi to secure the shape. I apply urushi more than ten times to keep it.

    I use a food safe glue at the end of the last strip only. Also, I can use rice glue-urushi (natural material) instead, but it takes a much longer time to dry.