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Project by Bob Collins posted 08-19-2012 08:58 AM 1096 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Counting the red gum spacers there are 323 pieces in this one, the biggest I have attempted and can be used as an ornament or maybe an urn for ashes. It is 37cm tall and 15cm (6 inches) at the widest point.
The top can be removed and there is a glass insert to hold water and flowers (pic 2 and 3).
I sanded with wet/dry paper up to 1200 grit and then micro mesh to 12000 and a single coat of gloss polyurethane.
The plywood is top quality obtained as offcuts from a local cabinet maker and the red gum is recycled from a demolition site. His offcuts have been up to 2ft wide by 6 ft long.
I enjoyed making this one and you can see the trial run I did with bowls a couple of posts back.

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





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 08-19-2012 11:32 AM

G’day, Bob. That is a very beautiful piece!! It would make a very good urn. How many cubic inches will it hold?
Do you have any shots of how you lay up the rings? You got them so perfectly spaced and I wonder how you do it? Nice going!!!!!!!!!!!!!!..............Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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sedcokid

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#2 posted 08-19-2012 12:13 PM

Very nice indeed, I agree with Jim that it would make a very nice urn. You did a Handsome job on this one and the intire piece is very uniform.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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MarkTheFiddler

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#3 posted 08-19-2012 04:58 PM

That is just amazing. I in awe of what happens to simple plywood in your hands.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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MonteCristo

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#4 posted 08-19-2012 06:28 PM

Striking !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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branch

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#5 posted 08-19-2012 07:58 PM

nice one bob i love it keep on making saw dust
branch

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majuvla

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#6 posted 08-19-2012 08:17 PM

Realy beautiful vase!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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peteg

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#7 posted 08-19-2012 09:52 PM

Wowe Bob, these are becoming your signature pieces, you are getting some amazing visual effect with the ply.
Top job Mate :)
pete

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

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Bob Collins

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#8 posted 08-20-2012 10:51 AM

Thanks for the comments. Jim I didn’t take photos of the lay up. It is officially an URN as I have orders for similar so will take photos. Finally picked up some off cuts of Marine Ply (the best) 38 pieces 4 foot long x 6 inches wide 3/4 inch thick plus a large amount of Baltic pine plywood. Pete plywood will be my signature pieces for a long time to come after today pickup.

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

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#9 posted 08-21-2012 12:56 AM

Very nice vase Bob… amazing what you do with plywood. :)

-- Dana, Tn and Tx artist

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Bob Collins

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#10 posted 08-21-2012 03:06 AM

Thanks Dana, there will be more and better to come as I have just received a large amount of Marine Ply, considered the best available out here. (See above).

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

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Arlin Eastman

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#11 posted 08-21-2012 03:16 AM

Well done on the Segmented Vase.

Did you have to glue up the plywood to get the effects you got?

Arlin

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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Bob Collins

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#12 posted 08-21-2012 06:12 AM

G’day Arlin, I did glue 2 strips of 1/2” ply together to give me some depth to play with. The segments are cut at 15 degrees with the surface of the ply wood facing out (the ply strips going up) the patterns come out as you turn the more curves the better the patterns. If you have the ply strips facing out that is what you get but still nice. Hope you can follow but just ask if you want more answers.

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

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