2nd Gen. Plywood and Perspex bowls

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Project by Bob Collins posted 12-27-2011 02:03 PM 2564 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. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 12-27-2011 03:11 PM

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 12-27-2011 09:19 PM

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 12-27-2011 10:24 PM

Very flash Bob…

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 01:02 AM

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 12-28-2011 04:20 AM

Wow Bob these are wild and wonderful. Great job.

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 05:02 AM

Those are quite interesting.

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#7 posted 12-29-2011 01:59 PM

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. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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