|Project by Darell||posted 07-23-2011 06:24 PM||4420 views||22 times favorited||24 comments|
I decided to try and use up some scrap plywood I had laying around and came up with this bowl. I glued up a block 8 3/4” square on all sides or as close as I could get to it. Then cut the blank diagionaly across the blank to the grain ran at an angle. I got the idea of doing that from a turning magazine awhile back. The bowl is 8 1/2” across the top, 3” across the bottom and 4” tall. Quite a bit of the final shape came from power sanding with 60 grit disks to sand out the chip-outs. The overall shape was kind of fixed due to the shape of the blanks after I cut them and rounded them off with the bandsaw. You still have a bottom that comes to a point that you have to deal with. I then sanded to 320 grit. Finished with 6 coats of thinned laquer and buffed with all three steps of the Beal Buffing System. Overall, I think it turned out well. I’ll probably experiment further with plywood as time allows in the future. Maybe try coloring with some dye.
Forgot to mention that I mounted the blank on a faceplate after trueing up the surface on my jointer. Then turned a spigot on the bottom to mount it on a chuck to turn the inside. You reallly have to be careful when parting it off as the plywood gives way very easily.
-- Darell, Norman, Ok.