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Project by Darell posted 1098 days ago 3875 views 21 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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lew

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#1 posted 1098 days ago

Wow! Plywood- who knew?!?

Beautiful!

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

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 1098 days ago

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

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

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Moby

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#3 posted 1098 days ago

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

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Sawtooth

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#4 posted 1098 days ago

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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Grandpa

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#5 posted 1098 days ago

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

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CarlB

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#6 posted 1098 days ago

Looks Awesome..Got to try that myself!

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rance

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#7 posted 1098 days ago

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

HERE’S YOUR SIGN!!!!!!!!!

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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Virgis

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#8 posted 1098 days ago

Nice job :)

-- virgis

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marter1229

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#9 posted 1098 days ago

What everyone else says.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho https://www.facebook.com/SillyLillyBowsAndMore

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peteg

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#10 posted 1098 days ago

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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Transition

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#11 posted 1098 days ago

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

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA - www.TransitionTurning.com

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michelletwo

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#12 posted 1098 days ago

i HAVE SEEN MANY PLYWOOD BOWLS, VASES ETC, BUT NEVER IN A CONFIGURATION LIKE THIS. VERY CLEVER APPROACH.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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murch

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#13 posted 1098 days ago

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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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 1097 days ago

Awesome results!!

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

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lou

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#15 posted 1097 days ago

Something new every day here.Beautifull Darell.Thanks.

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