ply/walnut bowl

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Project by billculpepper posted 11-23-2011 10:16 PM 1424 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Received a pretty piece of walnut from a friend but it had some serious cracks in it. Kept it for a while wondering what to do and thought I’d sandwich it between some ply and try one of those plywood bowls. photos of glue-up included.

Fun to make, but wear your PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) when lathe-ing plywood!

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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#1 posted 11-23-2011 10:43 PM

What glue?

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#2 posted 11-23-2011 10:43 PM

Cool! What did you finish it with?

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#3 posted 11-23-2011 11:12 PM

Just love it….I will have to do one like….truly cool as can be.

Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 11-23-2011 11:13 PM

That’s really neat! Do you just use baltic birch ?

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#5 posted 11-23-2011 11:28 PM

this is awesome!

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 12:03 AM

Very interesting, I like the look very much.

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 01:01 AM

Very cool design, Bill…..............Jim

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 01:18 AM

Who knew you could turn plywood? I like it.

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#9 posted 11-24-2011 01:29 AM

Thanks for sharing this. I have not done much turning and the idea of using plywood or even other cuts-off and laminating them together to make an interesting pattern and a blank for turning is useful. I’ll never get rid of my cut-offs now. I knew they would be usefull. great project. Thanks

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#10 posted 11-24-2011 05:43 AM

Amazing… Now time to get back on the lathe and give it a try!!

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#11 posted 11-24-2011 04:25 PM

Sweet! Thanks for the process photos too.

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

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#12 posted 11-25-2011 09:47 PM

It looks really cool.

I’ve done 90 degree glue joints like that before. They tend to fail over time. Yours may stand a better chance being they are in plywood (less movement). I sure hope they hold.

Regardless, very cool.

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#13 posted 11-26-2011 03:59 AM

that looks amazing

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#14 posted 12-04-2011 05:25 AM

Sorry for taking so long to answer questions. I thought I had but must have not hit “send”! Thanks for all the comments.

Glue: Tite bond II
materials: Batlic birch ply scraps and a “cracky” piece of walnut
Finish: I think it was Mylands sanding sealer then the polish. But honestly, It may have just been wipe on poly.

-- Bill Culpepper, Indiana

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