There are many variants of the wooden fruit dish, and in our free woodturning project  you can see one of them.

Its design is almost 100 years old and it was found in an old book titled "Things to make in your home workshop" (Author: Wakeling Arthur, Published 1930). While collecting or after you have collected some fruit to eat in the yard/garden, you probably need a container/dish to put it in. It is best to place it in some busy place in the house to be accessible. The dimensions of the fruit dish/bowl can be different, but mostly such that 8-10 apples can fit in it. It should be either shallow or have some kind of holes to provide at least a little air circulation. This is very important because if you use a classic bowl with walls, the fruit at the bottom will spoil faster since there will be little air movement between the fruits, which is conducive to mold development.


Wooden fruit dish plan
Project difficulty
Simple, requires experience
Skill level
for intermediate experienced woodworker
Level of workshop equipment
Hobby - Sharp and quality hand tools
Applied woodworking joints
Round mortise and tenon joint

D 256mm (10.08'') x H 140mm (5.51'')


In order to make this fruit dish, you will need a woodworking lathe. We would like to avoid going into details about the choice of material and how to make a dish using a lathe, simply because we believe that the people dealing with it know this subject quite well. Here you are just presented to a drawing of the fruit bowl, with all the dimensions necessary. To give you some extra support, we have also provided the text taken from the above book with the drawing of this nice-looking and practical fruit dish.

„The fruit dish consists of two parts. The base is turned between centers in the usual way. The top may be turned in the way the covers of the boxes were turned. It has to be chucked so that a hole may be bored in its underside for the 3/16 by 1 1/12in. Tenon on the base. In gluing the parts, leave the upper part in the chuck and center the lower part by running up the dead center.“

If you have a wood lathe and you are eager to make various items on it, we hope that you will like this 100-year-old design and that it has made you interested in making the fruit bowl according to the plan given. It could be a wonderful gift for your wife or anyone else who deserves to have it!


Assembly drawing
Wooden fruit dish - Drawing

Wooden fruit dishes have been manufactured for thousands of years, back to the Egyptian, Chinese and Roman cultures with the attention to beautify the table on some special occasion, and our wooden fruit dish plan is ideal for you to make and give to someone as a wedding present for instance or a special birthday gift. Mounted on attractively carved pillar, this wooden fruit bowl with attractive design can be very useful serving dish for fruits.


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Submitted by Ceh Jan