Seahorse shaped from plywood

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Project by SawTooth1953 posted 05-21-2010 05:58 PM 2638 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I laminated 4 pieces of ply wood, cut a seahorse outline on the bandsaw, then used sanding drums to shape the seahorse… drilled a hole in the bottom for a dowel and made a platform to support it. It is about 14” high. I made this several years ago for my daughter, but I recently discovered boxes made by mgb_2x and it reminded me of what I liked about shaping plywood… very interesting effects.

(I forgot to add: this project plan was from Arbortech, ( a company that makes carvers to fit on angle grinders… their cutters look like teeth from a chain saw… I didn’t use their product, but I used the pattern and concept… I didn’t want to make it seem like it was my idea when it was not… I am not original enough to have thought it up on my own!! )

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#1 posted 05-21-2010 06:06 PM

Interesting effects indeed.
I think the plywood and shaping effects would look good for an “Andy” box, especially his “Erosion #1”

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#2 posted 05-21-2010 06:12 PM

I thought the same thing when I saw what mgb_x2 did with his plywood boxes (LJ projects 26933 and 27930).

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#3 posted 05-21-2010 06:13 PM

Cool idea there are more and more plywood pieces that folks are making that are real eye poppers

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#4 posted 05-21-2010 06:18 PM

Dang, that’s creative! Great job!

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

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#5 posted 05-21-2010 06:48 PM

That is a nice carving

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 05-21-2010 11:14 PM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 05-22-2010 12:03 AM

Thanks for your kind comments…

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#8 posted 05-22-2010 05:42 AM

I am amazed at the projects that are posted using the old plywood as a medium. I really thought that ply was only suitable for large projects. It is so suprising the nice effect that comes out of a project made from ply. Thanks for posting, it really makes you wonder what you could make out of some cheap ply.

-- Theresa,

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#9 posted 05-22-2010 07:10 AM

great job. i carved a small one from Koa wood and made it into a necklace. almost looks exactly like it.

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#10 posted 05-22-2010 11:17 AM

You’ve made excellent use of the banding of the ply here, it really makes this piece come alive. Well done, Spence and thanks for posting.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 05-22-2010 07:07 PM

How unique. At 14” that would be very dramatic. Great job, and thanks for showing it off. I hope to see more of what you do with this idea.


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#12 posted 05-22-2010 08:24 PM

Take a look at Lumberjock projects 26933 and 27930 by mgb2x. He made miter-cornered boxes in plywood, then shaped them and the visual effect was phenomenal… not too different from the ‘art boxes’ demonstrated by Andy, but with the plywood effect. mgb2x contoured the box sides using a set of cove fences on the table saw, and Andy and I used sanding drums, belts, etc… but it is obvious that the technique of starting w/a thick box and artistically shaping it creates some very nice looking projects. The only thing left is to experiment with is using different grades of plywood like Finnish vs Baltic Birch vs ApplePly vs big-box-store-whatever-they-carry-ply (which is what mgb_2x used!) ( )

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#13 posted 05-22-2010 08:37 PM

BarbS, I got the seahorse plan and idea from Arbortech… their products are appropriate for large sculpting projects, like carving logs. I think their demo seahorse and plans call for it to be about 2-3 ft. high!! Now that is dramatic! But then again, that’s where their tools come into play. It took me a lot of time and sanding materials to do this smaller project whereas larger projects shape quicker with the ‘big boy’ grinder toys that they sell… once shaped with their grinding wheels it still needs sanding, but sanding for smoothing is easier than sanding for shaping. I chickened out and chose to downsize the project, but the plywood effect still worked out very well (as you said, “dramatic”) and my daughter really liked receiving it. Thanks for your comment.

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#14 posted 05-29-2010 09:06 PM

love it

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#15 posted 06-07-2010 08:05 PM

like the effect the plywood makes


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