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Project by Cliff posted 03-31-2016 01:01 AM 1076 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Greetings to all Lumber Jocks.

I have some off cuts of low Grade Ply and thought of attempting to make a Bowl from a Board using only the Scroll Saw. As I don’t have at this stage a sanding drum to attach to my drill press I soon realized that another method of sanding would have to be applied. I’ll explain that in a moment.

The Bowl was cut on the Scroll Saw following pencil rings marked by compass. The Ply is Approx 3/4 inch or 19ml
thick, therefore it seemed to be a good plan to make each ring 3/4inch or 19ml wide and cut at a 45deg angle inwards. There are three (3) rings and the base. the base is 4 inches or 100mm at the point of contact with whatever the Bowl sits on. This of course has allowed for the 45deg angle to spread out.

Each ring was glued and stacked using Tite Bond 111, then when the glue had set the base was glued an added.
At this point my sanding problems began…..the only solution I could come up with was to glue a square sacrificiial piece of hardwood to the base and mount it on the Lathe held by a Nova Chuck with 2 Pen Jaws fitted. It held extremely well and it must have been a fluke that I got the centreing right as there wasn’t much wobble. The Bowl ran nice and true and allowing for all the glue in the Ply Wood, the sanding worked out OK.

The Bowl is 10 inc h or 25.5mm in Diameter and approx 3 inch or 7.5mm deep.

The Finish is 4 coats of Danish Oil rubbed between each coat with 0000Steel Wool.

Kind regards and Happy Safe Wood Working.

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 03-31-2016 01:47 AM

G’day, mate,
That is a great bowl done on the scroll saw!!

Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 03-31-2016 02:54 AM

Nice job accomplishing the plywood bowl. I could sure go for one of those apples right know.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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Bob Collins

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#3 posted 03-31-2016 02:58 AM

Turned out great Cliff, now you have the knack of using the scroll saw for bowls look at Kerry Vesper’s site in regard
adding a carved top and bottom to your next one. See my second last post and my next one to come. Agree with Dave, nice looking apples, are they Pink Lady or Royal Gala?

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Cliff

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#4 posted 03-31-2016 04:44 AM

G’day Jim. Thanks Mate much appreciated. Your new Avatar looks great. With the Blue sky in the Background you must be getting some nice weather in AZ.

Regards,

Cliff.

Thanks Dave,. I wish it were possible to give you an apple. I’ll do the next best thing….I’ll think of you as I eat one. Have you ever tried an apple sandwich? 2 slices of Bread, Buttered and filled with peeled and thinly sliced apple…..very nice.

Regards,
Cliff.

Thanks Bob. Now that is a great Idea!!!!!! I have been a bit bluffed by the thought of adding a carved top and bottom, but maybe I am almost ready to give it a go. I suppose any wood is OK so long as it blends??? But I will, have another squizz at Kerry Vespers Site.

Bob, As much as I enjoy the Pink Lady and Royal Gala Apples. The ones in the Bowl are Red Delicious. They do look like the PL & RG though.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#5 posted 03-31-2016 06:51 AM

very nice Cliff

-- bambi

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Cliff

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#6 posted 03-31-2016 08:30 AM

Thank you bambi, much appreciated.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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hairy

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#7 posted 03-31-2016 07:05 PM

Nice work,Cliff! I need to try turning plywood someday, I saw a guy that did a segmented bowl out of plywood, it looked like basketweave. That apple sandwich idea also has me thinking.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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Cliff

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#8 posted 03-31-2016 08:12 PM

Thanks Hairy. Yes, Plywood is interesting. I think I have seen on the net the basket weave you mentioned.

Hairy…...Try the apple sandwich. Let me know if you like it.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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JoeinGa

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#9 posted 03-31-2016 08:53 PM

Looks good Cliff. Nice job. I have a plywood blank glued up now waiting to be turned. But mine is a solid blank and I’m gonna turn the whole thing on the lathe. Should prove to be interesting.

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Cliff

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#10 posted 04-01-2016 12:09 AM

JoeinGa.

Hi Joe, Thank you, much appreciated. Your Ply Wood Blank sounds good. I have turned a Ply Wood Blank to make a seat for a shop stool. If you have a look at my project gallery, you will find it. All I can say is wear full eye and face protection Joe, as plywood can be very unpredictable. But having said that I am sure you will produce a mighty fine project….I will look forward to viewing it.

Kind regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#11 posted 04-06-2016 12:37 AM

You’re way ahead of me Cliff…both in scroll sawing and wood lathe…
I have a scrollsaw but use it rarely and don’t have a lathe…
You sir have done one fine job of the ply off cuts…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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Cliff

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#12 posted 04-06-2016 10:47 AM

Peter,
Thank you for your very nice comments. I hope you are well and enjoying woodworking.

Regards,

Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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