Plywood Bowl

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Project by Darell posted 07-23-2011 06:24 PM 5402 views 22 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 07-23-2011 06:25 PM

Wow! Plywood- who knew?!?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-23-2011 06:42 PM

That’s amazing. Looks like I’ve got a new project for the list. :-)

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

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#3 posted 07-23-2011 06:53 PM

Awesome! I’m definitely gonna try that out sometime in the future.

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#4 posted 07-23-2011 06:53 PM

Not in a million years would I have guessed plywood. It really looks nice.

-- "I'm a lumbrjock and I'm OK..."

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#5 posted 07-23-2011 07:02 PM

The grain makes all the difference doesn’t it! It looks great!

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#6 posted 07-23-2011 07:35 PM

Looks Awesome..Got to try that myself!

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#7 posted 07-23-2011 07:36 PM

Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis, Lis.


THIS is what you should do with all that plywood. :) Darell, this is fantastic. Wonderful job on this piece. On your next one, pictures during the process would be impressive. Very creative.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 07-23-2011 07:50 PM

Nice job :)

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#9 posted 07-23-2011 08:02 PM

What everyone else says.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#10 posted 07-23-2011 11:40 PM

Think you will have a market for this style Darell, looks real different, what a great idea, very well done indeed :)

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

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#11 posted 07-24-2011 07:22 AM

This is so wrong! But it looks absolutely beautiful! Nice job!

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#13 posted 07-24-2011 02:08 PM

WOW Darell. What a job you did. Agree with Sawtooth and Rance.
I never, ever would have said plywood and some photo’s of the process pls.
Maybe for the next one. This one is headed straight for my favourites.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#14 posted 07-24-2011 08:33 PM

Awesome results!!

-- 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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#15 posted 07-24-2011 10:10 PM

Something new every day here.Beautifull Darell.Thanks.

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