Plywood Bowl

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Project by monkeyman83 posted 04-29-2016 03:44 PM 1100 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is a plywood bowl that I turned out on my lathe. The long part of the process was the glue up. If anyone decided to attempt this, I have a few pieces of advice. 1. Keep your tools SHARP. 2. Take your time. 3. Wear breathing protection or be in a well ventilated area. The fine dust that comes off of really try plywood can cause some breathing problems.

-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.

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#1 posted 04-29-2016 03:52 PM

Nice job! You’re very right about the sharp tools and the dust too! I have used segmented rings of baltic birch in some of my bowls and even all baltic birch for a bowl or two, they have very dramatic patterns!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 04-29-2016 04:01 PM

That is awesome , I love it. Great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 04-29-2016 04:23 PM

That turned out great. What type of tools did you use? Normal bowl gouge or carbide cutter type tools (like the easy wood tools)?

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#4 posted 04-29-2016 04:54 PM

I used a 3/4” roughing gouge a little bit but i stuck mostly to carbide cutters. I determined very quickly that if you get too aggressive with plywood, start getting tear out which causes more work in the end.

-- It may not be pretty...but it's functional.

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#5 posted 04-29-2016 06:13 PM

Nice bowl, that is good quality of plywood, a rareity these days.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#6 posted 04-29-2016 08:21 PM

I have some ply glued up in my shop, waiting for me to give this a try

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

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#7 posted 04-29-2016 11:52 PM

Very nice and unique bowl. Love the grain patterns. I did cut out a small plywood bowl with my Ring Master. Cheap plywood and did not like it much. I have planning on lathe turning one from Baltic ply. So thanks for the tips.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#8 posted 04-30-2016 01:57 PM

Wow, this turned out great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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