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Project by FiremanJim posted 10-05-2015 02:52 AM 1380 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took a 12”x12” piece of OSB plywood (oriented strand board) and turned it into a fruit bowl. I used a technique I had seen before but had never tried. The technique allows me to utilize 98% of the wood with absolute minimum amount of waste. The finished bowl has the appearance of being made of cork. Finished bowl is 12” in diameter and 5” deep.

It turned out way better than I expected from this type of plywood. I half expected it to shatter and explode in a million sharp splinters. I give credit to Mr. Sturgis, my 7th and 8th shop teacher as well as Mr. Rich, my 9th and 12th grade shop teacher. They taught me the love of creating sawdust.

This will be a door prize for an annual church meeting later this month.

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"





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Hawaiilad

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#1 posted 10-05-2015 05:02 AM

Good looking bowl Jim. did you cut the rings on a scroll saw? I have made many like that using the scroll saw and then I bought a Ring Master machine and all the bowls are made on that now.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 10-05-2015 01:41 PM

Good morning Hawaiilad,

Thanks for the kind words on the bowl. I did use the scroll saw to cut the rings. The OSB was 5/8” thick and I drilled pilot holes at 5/8” spacing. I drilled the holes at a 45 degree angle. Then, using the scroll saw, I cut out the rings

Not sure what a ring master is, but it sounds like a fun tool.

Jim

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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#3 posted 10-05-2015 06:27 PM

Jim, check out this site http://www.ringmasterlathe.com/store/ring-master-tool-a-accessories They have stand alone units (which I have) and add on’s to any type lathe. Great people to work with. Lot of information on this site as well…just look under the heading Ring Master http://wmyoung.proboards.com/

I have made tons of different sized bowls with the unit and love it.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 10-06-2015 12:12 AM

Looks good.
I tried this myself.
Never again for me. It stinks too much. Worse than mdf I think.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#5 posted 10-06-2015 03:21 AM

SASmith,
Nice looking bowls. I did have some concerns about the piece coming apart during turning, but really never experienced any flaking at all. Never even considered using a stabilizer to keep it together. I did use an upgraded face mask to cover mouth and nose completely to ensure nothing got to the lungs. I am considering turning out a few dozen of these because it was so easy and fast, not to mention cheap. I used one coat of fast drying sanding sealer and then 7 coats of ultra fast drying urethane. Waited about 15 minutes between coats and used 0000 fine steel wool between each coat.
Jim

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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#6 posted 10-06-2015 08:39 AM

Jim, I have to say, please be careful in turning OSB. A friend of mine had one blow up on the lathe and he was out of the shop for some time from the damage

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#7 posted 10-06-2015 12:14 PM

I hear you. That was a concern of mine. Luckily, with the one board bowl method, the bowl already had its basic shape, so I only had to trim it down to clean up the edges. I have turned regular plywood glued up into bowl blanks. I doubt I would ever create a solid bowl blank out of OSB. On a side note, I did use a full face shileld in addition to an upgraded dust mask / filter.
Keep on turning!
Jim

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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#8 posted 10-06-2015 02:54 PM

I like it….......well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 10-06-2015 05:32 PM

Thanks ohwoodeye!

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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#10 posted 11-02-2015 06:14 PM

I just turned my second OSB fruit bowl. Turns out I was extremely lucky with my first one. I lost the top ring this time around as it came off in small pieces. Luckily there was no injuries involved, but it was a good reminder of the care and caution required when turning OSB.

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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