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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 06-28-2012 11:20 AM 4155 views 8 times favorited 45 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 100th project to lumberjocks. It was in a long list of things to do for some time. This doughnut is made entirely of plywood (288 pieces). It took me 3 days to build the blank and 6 houres to turn and finish it, keeping in your mind that I used the same wooden chuck that I designed and made for the first doughnut few years ago.
photos # 4,5 and 6 show the rubber bands I used to hold it inside the wooden fence. I had to go back to my old lathe that I had renovated to take bigger diameter object as this chuck was nearly 40cm in dia.
NOTE: Picture # 6 is replaced to show the chuck I made to hold the doughnut from its centre to turn the outside.

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

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#1 posted 06-28-2012 11:29 AM

Another amazing turning Sam. I is suitable that this is your 100th project posted here. It does show your talent for pushing the limits on whats possible.

-- Mel,

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#2 posted 06-28-2012 11:30 AM

Very cool. It looks pretty big.

-- Brian, North Georgia

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#3 posted 06-28-2012 11:53 AM

Looks like a bagel to me. Now you have to make a giant cup of coffee to dunk it in.

-- Stephen NYS

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#4 posted 06-28-2012 12:05 PM

Your work is inspiring! As a new turner I will be checking back into your blog and projects regularly. I really like this piece and would like to know more about the glue up process and how you built it…

All the best,


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#5 posted 06-28-2012 12:34 PM

Ditto what Stephen said about the coffee cup, Sam!

Cool Project!

Really like the rubber band chuck, too!

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

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 12:57 PM

happy 100! cool donut!

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 01:11 PM

Just Stunning ! The jig is almost as captivating, for me at least ! Just curious, How will you display this piece ?

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 01:36 PM

That is great. It’s especially interesting to me because you used the same Harbor Freight lathe that I have. Just goes to show a good woodworker can make do with any tools he has, and they don’t have to be the best and most expensive tools available. It’s the craftsman, not the tools, that creates the masterpiece.
Thanks for showing.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#9 posted 06-28-2012 01:41 PM

Very wonderful plywood doughnut, the rubber band chuck explains how you turned the face and the inside,
but what kind of magic wand did you use to turn the outside? As usual you have created another wonder
out of wood and are making me scratch my head as I wonder how in the heck he did that. Thank you for
sharing all your projects and keeping us thinking.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 06-28-2012 01:49 PM

Your projects are always amazing Sam ,congrats on a wonderful 100th project .

-- wood crafting & classes

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#11 posted 06-28-2012 02:03 PM

now you can see the magic !! grate work sam !! wellcom to the plywood club :)

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#12 posted 06-28-2012 02:16 PM

Great turning. I like how you made you own jig….and it involves rubber bands.

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#13 posted 06-28-2012 02:58 PM

Sure looks GOOD!

It’s truly a Wonder!

Are you going to coat it with Chocolate or powdered sugar? Got Milk too?
Looks good enough to eat!

Sam, you really have a knack of doing the IMPOSSIBLE!

After all, who ever heard of a Plywood Doughnut?! Especially one that BIG!

Awesome craftsmanship!

I’m not going to ask… How did you do that?

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 06-28-2012 03:05 PM

Congrats on turning 100!

This is certainly a conversation piece and I am impressed.

But after looking at your pictures I do not think I would want to be anywhere near that lathe when your whole set-up was in action!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#15 posted 06-28-2012 03:54 PM

Like all your work this is very impressive. Congratulations on posting 100 projects. I like many really enjoy seeing what you do currently and have done in the past.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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