Plywood Bowl

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Project by monkeyman83 posted 05-09-2016 08:03 PM 1434 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s my second plywood bowl. This one took me a while. It consists of 9 layers of thirteen pieces per layer. Like last time, here are my recommendations. Take your time. Use sharp tools. (I used carbide)

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

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#1 posted 05-09-2016 08:27 PM

Nice looking pattern.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 05-09-2016 09:26 PM

Quite the interesting pattern.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#3 posted 05-09-2016 09:55 PM

Nicely done. I’m gonna have to try that on my RingMaster.

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#4 posted 05-09-2016 10:29 PM

Very nice! I love seeing materials used in unconventional ways.

-- We all have a moral obligation to make the world a better place, through integrity and disposition. " be joyful, and the world becomes a better place!"

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#5 posted 05-09-2016 11:41 PM

I really like how it has that woven look.
Nicely done sir!

-- Chem, Central California

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#6 posted 05-09-2016 11:43 PM

Creative to say the least.
I’m sure it was hard keeping tools sharp.
Did you consider cutting the centers out before gluing instead of using full “plates” to save time and wear on the tools hollowing the bowl out?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 05-10-2016 12:03 AM

Unique piece. Good ideas and good work. Bet this kind of work is actually fun. I would like to try that one day. Thanks for showing.

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

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#8 posted 05-10-2016 07:39 AM

I like this. Looks like one of those woven basket bowls that people carve after they turn it. You just went a different way by using plywood and laid the plys differently. Nice job.

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#9 posted 05-10-2016 11:01 AM

Very nice. What RPM did you turn it at. What glue did you use.

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#10 posted 05-10-2016 06:40 PM

Recently I saw some playwood turnings and they always amaize me. I never guessed that playwood could be used for turning such beautiful bowls.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 05-10-2016 09:38 PM

I didn’t consider cutting out the centers of each layer but it would certainly cut down on time on the lathe and the wear and tear on my tools. I turned the bowl at 1200rpm after I got it round. For the glue up I used Titebond 3. One thing I forgot to mention was use some sort of breathing protection. Plywood is very dry and produces a lot of fine dust.

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

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