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A few months ago I was lurking on another forum where there was talk of turning OSB on a lathe. The general consensus was that it could not be done without stabilization. Well I did it without a stabilizer.
I will not be doing another though. I am not a fan of the look or turning while wearing a respirator.

The 12” plywood bowl was not that difficult to turn. And definitely not nearly as dusty. It was made from a single 12” piece of 3/4” ply using the bowl from a board method. Finished with one coat of water based black analine dye dissolved in alcohol instead of water. Then a few coats of poly.

Pics 5 & 6 are of 14” silver maple and sassafras bowl.

Thanks for looking.
Scott

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois





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Sodabowski

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#1 posted 855 days ago

Of course it can be done, just needs a lot of patience and care, sharp tools and a slow spindle speed. I do it very often (for pens at the moment) with wood so deeply spalted that it weights almost as little as if it were balsa.

The OSB bowl has no sexiness at all, though. Let’s keep it for kiln and shop wall construction ;)

The others are cool :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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SPalm

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#2 posted 855 days ago

You have been a busy little elf.
Also not a fan of the OSB. But two points for trying.
The others I like a lot.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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SASmith

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#3 posted 855 days ago

The osb bowl will never leave the shop. I have a few other rejects it can live with.
I was going to dye it but figured it would turn back into the dust it was made from.
I mainly did it because I like trying things that “can’t be done”.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Bob Collins

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#4 posted 855 days ago

Nice work on the plywood bowl, I haven’t tried this method. Really like the effect of Silver Maple/Sassafrass bowl. Now being an Aussie what is OSB and why is it difficult to turn, like you I have to try everything new. My next effort will be using Corian and perspex.

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

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Bluepine38

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#5 posted 855 days ago

Oriented Strand Board would be a challenge SASmith. You sound as bad as Ingvar Vik and old machinist back
home, if you wanted something done that was difficult, all you had to do was say that Ole, the machinist from
up the road said it could not be done and he was all over it. As usual your other bowls look great, thank for
sharing this, but I think I will pass on the OSB turning.

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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peteg

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#6 posted 854 days ago

Like Bob I never heard of OSB, doesnt look like a fun product to turn & sure is not pretty, love thoese two in pic 5 & 6 well done Scott

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

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SASmith

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#7 posted 854 days ago

Thanks for the comments.
A little info for those not familiar with OSB:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriented_strand_board

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Chris

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#8 posted 854 days ago

That’s pretty cool looking bowls…

-- Chris ~ Central Michigan

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 854 days ago

Thanks for the info on OSB, think I would give it a miss if it was available out here but I do love working with plywood.

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

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