Maple Plywood Bowl #48

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-10-2012 04:30 PM 4400 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bob Collins and Harry Sinclair, this bowl’s for you!!!!!!!! G’day, Mates!!!!

I finally got to turning a plywood bowl. I laminated up some 5/8” 13 ply maple plywood. It is the best plywood I have ever seen. It is glued with food safe glue and extremely flat and has NO voids. I’m told it is $200 a 5×5 sheet.
The bowl is warped on the outside and round on the inside. Again this is another project outside the box. I don’t know if it has been tried before, but I had to see how it would work out. I have made many obround handles that were under 2” diameter, but never a bowl. I turned the wood round and then offset the tail center 3/8” each way toward the long grain of the plywood. It turned pretty good but the chips coming off were real hot. I had to wear a glove on my left hand to keep from getting burned . I added some shots of the process.

It is 6” x 5.5” x 2 3/4” and finished with EEE and Shellawax.


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

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#1 posted 09-10-2012 04:47 PM

Well done , Jim : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 09-10-2012 04:50 PM


Nice, COOL, way of thinking outside of the box (bowl)... LOL

I think it turned out great!


Thank you for trying it… You did good!

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

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#3 posted 09-10-2012 04:50 PM

Jim some time back I figured you are my hero when it comes to wood turning. Not saying anything bad about other bowl turners but it would be hard to beat the work you seem to be able to turn out. You have set the standards for use younger turners. Not by age but by time spent at turning. I really do believe this is what I want to do with my time in the shop. Its not that I don’t enjoy other wood working projects but I seem to get more pleasure when I am turning. Every day I seem to get a little better but most likely a few years before I can even come close to the work you do.
Thanks for sharing and being a part of LJ. Its you and a lot of others that makes this site so great.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina (

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#4 posted 09-10-2012 07:29 PM

Amazing bowl!
Great work on it.
The pattern of the wood grain is coming out prettily.

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#5 posted 09-10-2012 09:15 PM

Unique to say the least.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 09-10-2012 09:16 PM

nice piece of OC turning Jim & a lovely finish, must admit I am also a fan of EEE & the you beaut range of polishes
well done again

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

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#7 posted 09-10-2012 09:28 PM

That’s a really nice looking bowl Jim. Great finish too.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 09-10-2012 09:29 PM

It’s a beauty! The shape is just brilliant! Thanks for the pictures—it makes it a lot clearer. I’d like to try it some day.

best regards, Doe

-- Mother Nature talks, I try to listen

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#9 posted 09-10-2012 10:47 PM

Jim, What a job of turning…... Outstanding! The shape is very nice indeed!! As is the finish.

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#10 posted 09-10-2012 11:10 PM

Great bow! I’ve never seen a plywood bowl. And one that is warped on the outside!

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#11 posted 09-10-2012 11:14 PM

Congrats Jim, that is a beautiful bowl Mate. Really like the pattern of the Maple Plywood and the finish is excellent. Your top of the class already, can see some more rolling of your lathe. Well done Jim, glad I finally got you into ply turning.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#12 posted 09-11-2012 12:02 AM

Thank you all for all the nice comments. If you have not tried plywood turning, give it a whirl. It cuts real easy and if you use good stuff, you have no voids to fill and no warping problems after it dries, because it is dead dry and glued in place. I did have a little problem with the heat when turning it. The material coming off was real fine and HOT
G’ day, Bob..You got me to do it!! Just looking at the pattern you get from the flat cut sides makes me think it has a lot of interesting applications. I’m waiting for some plastic knobs to come in to finish my next project. I think I’ll lay up some more plywood while I’m waiting.

Thank you for the inspiration. It is a very nice looking pattern that comes out of plywood!
Cheers, Jim

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

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#13 posted 09-11-2012 01:59 AM

Nice one Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 09-11-2012 05:42 AM

I’m just blown away by that bowl Jim, I can’t decide whether to throw up my hands and give it away or learn to really sharpen my tools and devote heaps of time practising, assuming I have that much time left.
I don’t think I’ve asked you before, but have you a gallery taking your work Jim.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#15 posted 09-11-2012 07:17 AM

Very Cool Looking Bowl Jim!
I like It!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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