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Economy plywood bowl, with a twist (proof of concept)

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Project by Yuval Eitan posted 09-29-2015 10:09 AM 2169 views 9 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Economy plywood bowl, with a twist (proof of concept)

I turned this bowl just to demonstrate an idea (mainly to myself).

Material: three 50×4x4cm (20×1.6×1.6”) plywood boards, found in the dumpster. Really crappy – the plies have voids, the wood is rather soft… Proof of concept only, have I said?...

Method, in a nutshell: the three boards were chopped in half, then glued in pairs – one with the plies horizontal and the other vertical. These were ripped into two ~20mm thick boards. Three of these were glued to a ~18×18x2cm (~7×7x3/4”) board. It was cut into two. Each half was cut into concentric 45deg bevel half rings, using a 5-min built jig and the band saw. Rings. Stack, but each ring 180deg to its former. Glue. Ready for turning….
It probably sounds a lot more complicated and time consuming than it really was.
(If you find it interesting, find the two clips I uplaoded to my modest Tube channel. Alas, they’re not in English, sorry…)
The result is a sor of woven patern on two sides, and multiple grins on the other sides. I like it.

Final dimentions: D ~17cm, H ~14cm with base (D~6-3/4, H~5-1/2in)
Finish: shellac

The raw material sufficed for two such bowls, but I’m not sure a second wone is worth the effort. I WILL, however, implement this method with some nice baltic birch plywood leftovers I have, and some laminations I made from mahogany and tilia (linden?).

C&C most welcome! Thanks for watching!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it





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Holzarbeiterin

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#1 posted 09-29-2015 10:30 AM

Hi Yuval,

I really love your concept for the bowl. I definately need to give that a try. I turn things from time to time but usually as part of another project. I think this will make me break out of my old habits and try something new. Thanky you for sharing.

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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Yuval Eitan

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#2 posted 09-29-2015 10:53 AM

Linda Holzarbeiterin, Thanks (Vielen Dank?)

I turn as a hobby, so for me it is always a break… And I constantly experimenting with new materials and techniques. Great recreation.

Tschüs!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#3 posted 09-29-2015 11:32 AM

Absolutely love it! Perhaps next turn will be OSB. Art is born.

-- Max the "night janitor" at www.hardwoodclocks.com

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Yuval Eitan

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#4 posted 09-29-2015 11:35 AM


Perhaps next turn will be OSB. Art is born.

Hey Max, Don’t think it has’t crossed my mind! ;-}
Thanks for loving it!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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mikeacg

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#5 posted 09-29-2015 12:47 PM

I like how the color works on this piece! I haven’t used a lathe in years but hope to have mine set up to use this winter (when the snow keeps me indoors!). Nice to see you trying something a little different! Inspiration!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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Yuval Eitan

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#6 posted 09-29-2015 01:27 PM

Thank you Mike!
I hope you get the lathe going again soon, enjoy it and BE SAFE!
Proud to be anyone’s inspiration – thanks for that!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#7 posted 09-29-2015 03:28 PM

That is a great peice, Yuval. So do you have something in mind for this years Christmas Ornament Challenge?

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Yuval Eitan

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#8 posted 09-29-2015 03:53 PM



That is a great peice, Yuval. So do you have something in mind for this years Christmas Ornament Challenge?

First of all, Derek, THANK YOU.

Second (this may come as a shock to you) – I don’t celebrate Cristmas, but rather, Yom Kipur, Hanuka, Passover etc. You get the point…

THAT SAID, however, what you suggest is not entirely out of the question! Nice idea, thinking out of my usual box! (right. I have till December, do I?)

Cheers!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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Holzarbeiterin

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#9 posted 09-29-2015 03:58 PM

Hi Yuval,

Thanks for the German! I’m an American living (permanently) in Germany. Holzarbeiterin literally means female woodoworker but I think I’m the only person here using the term… Please be sure to post your version of the bowl when you make it out of Baltic Birch Plywood. I’m especially interested in that one as I have easy access that that here in Germany. I’m struggling to find a good source for “furniture quality” hardwood, but that”s another story…

-- Linda - It's only a mistake if you do it twice!

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#10 posted 09-29-2015 04:57 PM

You drag the best from playwood. Bowl looks great, those grains looks incredible.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-29-2015 09:03 PM

Multiple grins on this side too.


...
The result is a sor of woven patern on two sides, and multiple grins on the other sides. I like it.

- Yuval Eitan


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Yuval Eitan

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#13 posted 09-29-2015 09:14 PM

Linda: half my roots lay in Germany, but these were uprooted 67-69 years ago.
I hereby promise to poke you when I post a “schöne” version of this bowl, in birch plywood. In the mean time, there’s nothing preventing you from trying. I think I will write a detailed “how to” as a blog – would that be helpful?

Ivan: Hvala vam! Just to show us all, that sometimes one can drag a decent piece out of crappy material.

Don: Thanks!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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Yuval Eitan

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#14 posted 09-29-2015 09:43 PM



Multiple grins on this side too.

SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN ”... sort of woven pattern…”.
My grin is now somewhat grim….

Thanks, Ocelot

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#15 posted 09-30-2015 01:45 AM

Hi yuval, thanks gor shring your method. Nice project.

-- Eli Adamit, Israel

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