Ornamental bowls

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Project by Bob Collins posted 04-03-2016 11:02 AM 1182 views 1 time favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These two bowls are from the Vesper inspired generation. The main body of 1/2” plywood is cut from the bowl from a board method. The top and bottom are from a different variety of wood and patterned using a dremel or similar.
(I have used a arbortech mini turbo or mini grinder on other bowls).
The first bowl was to be a six sided star to be used in another project but my scroll sawing was not great on the tight corner cuts and not good enough for the pending project so I added 2 layers of ply on top and took 2 off the bottom to give 4 layers of ply. The top and bottom are 1” thick pine colored with a mahogany stain mixed into polyurethane.
Bowl 2 I used the same procedure with 3 layers of ply wood, pine top and bottom stained with oak and poly.
Sorry I didn’t take photos along the way but see 2 projects back for similar. These are simple to make and there is not need for the lathe just requires a fair bit of sanding.

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

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#1 posted 04-03-2016 11:24 AM

Very cool results without using the lathe. Not much of a fan of extra sanding though. I like how you made the cuts in the top of the second bowl.

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

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#2 posted 04-03-2016 12:23 PM

Unique design and very nice looking. What type of plywood are you using?

-- Men admire the man who can organize their wishes and thoughts in stone and wood and steel and brass. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-03-2016 12:33 PM

Whoa!!!!!!!!!! Those are really great pieces!!!!!!!!!!! Send me your lathe!!


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

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#4 posted 04-03-2016 12:33 PM

Bob….Stunning!!!!! The Coloured Stains work very well on both Bowls. The Ply is obviously High Quality….I recall you saying that you can’t access the Marine Ply but was it Birch Ply you are now using?

The Vesper influence shines through nicely and I think also emerging is your own style…..Nice carving top and bottom. Good work!!!!!!!



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

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#5 posted 04-03-2016 12:37 PM

Ralph, using up some off cuts from a cabinet maker at the moment but Baltic pine ply would be better. Have a look at Kerry Vespers site.

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

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#6 posted 04-03-2016 12:38 PM

Bob some great looking bowls.


-- Ron Campbell

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#7 posted 04-03-2016 12:52 PM

nice!!! but the sanding is daunting. glad you have patience for it.

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#8 posted 04-03-2016 01:10 PM

Dude! I love these.
Beautiful pieces. Nice job !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 04-03-2016 01:22 PM

Bob C, I make ringmaster bowls by the dozen, some are nice, some aren’t and all I can say about your bowls is to stand back and gaze in awe.
You deserve all the accolades available and I wish I had a sound track of applause I could post for you.
Nice, Nice and more Nice

(why isn’t this in the daily top 3 ? )

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - Your imagination is your only holdup

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#10 posted 04-03-2016 01:45 PM

Great effect from the plywood and the edges are a nice artistic touch.
All in all ….. very pretty bowls.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#11 posted 04-03-2016 02:56 PM

Very nice Bob, as usual. Well done.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 04-03-2016 05:41 PM

These are so beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 04-03-2016 09:39 PM

I make allot of Ring Master bowls like Dick but nothing like this. Very nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#14 posted 04-03-2016 09:42 PM

Wow Bob, just thinking back to some of your earlier work with ply, boy you sure have made a huge leap to where you are now, nice work on these couple bud

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 04-03-2016 11:02 PM

Close eyes; Deep, cleansing breath; Go in.
That’s the mantra, Bob.
Eyes, wide open; Gasp; Chill up the spine.
Sometimes, Beloved Buddy, I think you’re just showing off.
You slay me.

-- Mark

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