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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 1087 days ago 3513 views 10 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl is as larg as my lathe can turn, 285mm in diameter and made entirely of plywoob. All pieces were 300×130 x 20 mm when I bought them for only $2. I glued them 30 degrees leaning on each other, as in photo # 5. I nailed them in the corners during gluing to privent escaping the presure. I added a rim of 12 segments vertically laminated plywood. I inserted a flat 120mm in diameter plywood disc with a 65mm in dia. hole in the bottom to be a recess, otherwise the end plys were too soft to mount it on the chuck, photo #3.
NOT bad for $2 material, isn’t it?

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

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#1 posted 1087 days ago

That is brilliant Sam, the 30 degree lean certainly adds to showing the grain $2 well spent, were they off cuts from some factory? One of the best plywood bowls I have seen, not that I have seen many. LOL.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 1087 days ago

I don’t normally comment on bowls as I’m not a turner. When I saw this post and it was Sam I had to take a look. I was amazed at the wood grain then when I read it was plywod I couldn’t belive it. Great looking project and to glue it at 30* very cleaver.

Well done Sam and all or only 2 bucks.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 1087 days ago

Great bowl

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#4 posted 1087 days ago

Very nice Sam. That was $2, and a bit of effort, well spent.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#5 posted 1087 days ago

Very impressive. I’m amazed at how people on here can use the simplest of materials and turn them into works of art. Great job.

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#6 posted 1087 days ago

Sam, the bowl is beautiful! Actually, beautiful doesn’t even describe it! I am totally amazed!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#7 posted 1087 days ago

Sam, Your work is always a cut above and this plywood bowl is no exception. Where do you get your ideas? I look forward to your postings. What do you do with all your projects, do you sell them, do you do shows? Just curious. GREAT JOB!!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 1087 days ago

I can honestly say I have thoroughly enjoyed taking the tour of your projects. I spend a lot of time thinking about how to do things that haven’t been tried before. That gets to be quite a challenge ! But it’s that challenge that brings us back. Such accomplishments with plywood and recycled objects, THAT is creativity, and thinking on the other side. Your body of work is a treasure !
I am don schneider, a wood person from Havana Florida . Nice to see such quality and innovation at work Thank you for sharing my friend. Hope you continue creating as long as you care to !

don schneider, Havana Florida, porchfish studio

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#9 posted 1087 days ago

Beautiful bowl and the grain of the plywood, I never thought it would come out like that at all. Great job, keep up the great work.

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

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#10 posted 1087 days ago

Very nice…......I would like to see how a dye or stain would take to it. Can you find another $2.00 worth of wood?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 1087 days ago

Sam, you are an Olympian plywood turner. You keep beating your own records. This bowl is genius.

What would be REALLY fascinating is to see a video of you turning one of these plywood wonders. I can only guess that the process is so much slower to keep the grain from tearing out.

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

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#12 posted 1087 days ago

So, Cool!!

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

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#13 posted 1087 days ago

Another great looking plywood bowl Sam.
Your turning skills are out of this world !

-- Having fun...Eric

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#14 posted 1087 days ago

This bowl is amazing! You have such a creative mind, I look forward to your future works.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#15 posted 1087 days ago

Hi Sam, This is a wonderful bowl. Was it hard on your chisel?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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