Laminated Plywood Bowl (in lieu of segmenting)

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Project by Bob Collins posted 02-26-2011 09:53 AM 3013 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Instead of cutting individual segments for this project I laminated the lengths of plywood and red gum dividers and then cut the 12 segments using compound angle adding the vertical dividers as I glued up.
When ready for the lathe I placed it in the Coles Jaw and shaped the opening for the base to be inserted.
Pic. 4 shows how I recess the base to accept the chuck. Have found this a time saver, starting with 9 pieces of wood instead of cutting and gluing approx 100 segments and dividers and the web effect is more accurate.
Bowl is 10” diameter and 4” high.
Has anyone else used this method?

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 02-26-2011 11:30 AM

Nice combination between plywood and red gum. I like the spider’s web look.
I had used this mothod long time ago but not for saving time, it depends on the design and the timber you have and, also, the machines you use.
Another big step in segmented turning toward perfection. congratulation, Bob.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#2 posted 02-26-2011 12:49 PM

Interesting idea ;-) Nice work.

-- 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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#3 posted 02-26-2011 01:27 PM

Very nice job. I like the combo of the wood colors.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#4 posted 02-26-2011 02:38 PM

looks great Bob, nice work!

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#5 posted 02-26-2011 04:04 PM

Neat looking spider web look to it. Thanks for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 02-26-2011 09:33 PM

I like it. I also try to find ways to do “easier” segmented bowls.
Thanks for the post

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 02-27-2011 12:00 PM

I like everything about this piece. I’m off to get a sheet of plywood. lol

-- Don, North Carolina, Working full time at retired.

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#8 posted 02-27-2011 03:55 PM

Segmentation and plywood are really becoming your signature Bob. I would say that I envy your ability to get your hands on some “exotic” wood, but then I remember they really aren’t all that “exotic” where you live :) Looks like your mind has been working overtime to get the segmentation process at its most efficient for you and one can’t argue with results.

Thanks for sharing,


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 02-28-2011 04:09 AM

Thanks for the comments, Any member wanting to see real work with ply wood have a look at Sam Shakouri’s album, I am only a minow compared to him. Thanks Sam for bringing my attention to the use of plywood, I have enough left for 1 more project and then it is look for a supplier. Jeez, me spend money.
David, you don’t know how much overtime my mind does, far more advanced than my ability but I am willing to try anything that comes up. Enjoyed your last post.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 02-28-2011 05:18 AM

must have missed this one Bob, what a great idea, something different, the end result is very pleasing to the eye, Well done

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

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