2nd Gen. Plywood and Perspex bowls

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Project by Bob Collins posted 967 days ago 1720 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing similar designed bowls on another web site (they were turned with Corian) I decided to have a go using perspex and plywood. Seemed simple enough, cutting 8” x 8” plywood and perspex, cutting out the centres, arranging the pattern and then gluing them into an 8” cube. Found that a polyurethene based glue
worked on both media (always used the glue in a well ventalated space) I did the gluing outside in the open air.
Clamped the cube for 24 hours and then cut across diagonally with the band saw and as in pic 6 you have two hollowed bowls in the rough. I trimmed up all the excess wood to make it easier to turn. Main cutting chisel used was a sharp scraper at a reasonably slow speed. With a scew chisel any catch will dig in and chips the perspex.
I am pleased with the first rersult but next attempt I will take more time and care and maybe follow instructions.


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

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#1 posted 967 days ago

Gosh, I would never have thought that perspex could be turned in that way. Those are great bowls Bob. Fascinating.

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

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#2 posted 967 days ago

Bob ypu certainly have a unique desigh here, these are very distinctive, you have cracked the glue up for Px & ply.
Rekon these would sell like crazy, great job ;)))
Happy new year Mate

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

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#3 posted 967 days ago

Very flash Bob…

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

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Sam Shakouri

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#4 posted 967 days ago

I like the way you meet your challange. You see it, you like it, you try to do it and if you dont like the first try, you do it again until you succeed. Congratulations, Bob.

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

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#5 posted 967 days ago

Wow Bob these are wild and wonderful. Great job.

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Ryan Bruzan

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#6 posted 967 days ago

Those are quite interesting.

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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Bob Collins

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#7 posted 965 days ago

Thanks for the comments, was an enjoyable project and have started on another. To cr1 we do use perspex out here in Oz although some outlets call it various names. I believe you ahh-muri-kun’s call it plexiglass.

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

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