Laminated Bowl

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Project by dmann posted 04-28-2008 03:34 AM 1485 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first laminated piece and the first project finished with my homemade Donut Chuck.

I got a big piece of wood described as ‘soft maple’ and some misc cutoffs of some exotic dark wood (blackwood?). I prepared the blank and cut a straight line in it with the band saw. I created some 1/8” veneer pieces with the band saw and glued everything up.

Hopefully the next time I do this I’ll have access to a jointer or planer so I have some cleaner surfaces to work with. I spent way too much time filling gaps with cyanoacrylate and blackwood sawdust.

So this one will be called my “proof of concept” :)

-- David / Durham, NC

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#1 posted 04-28-2008 03:47 AM


This is a gorgeous bow. I really like the lamination you included in it. This gives visual interest to the bowl.

Well done.

Thanks for the post.

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#2 posted 04-28-2008 04:17 AM

Very interesting. Good job!

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#3 posted 04-28-2008 04:52 AM

Very nice concept. I like how the lamination flows through the piece.

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#4 posted 04-28-2008 05:51 AM

very nice bowl !

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#5 posted 04-28-2008 09:50 AM

This is really cool. That piece of maple is gorgeous, but the idea with the offset lamination is brilliant. You kept the design fairly simple, which I like too.

Since it sounds like this is your test run (“proof of concept”) I might point out one concern… It seems that your lamination is glued side grain (black) to end grain (maple) and this may create a weak point in your bowl. I am not sure if this would effect strength or not. You just might want to ponder it and think about grain orientation on the next one.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 04-28-2008 12:42 PM

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship, & art.

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#7 posted 04-28-2008 07:19 PM

Thanks for the kind comments.

Blake – very good point. Originally I was going to do a slightly curved line but decided to go with straight once I inspected the veneer that I made. I didn’t want to compromise the integrity of the veneer layer by forcing it into an unnatural shape. I will definitely revisit the wood I laminate with in the future.

Time to start saving for a jointer or planer too :)


-- David / Durham, NC

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#8 posted 04-29-2008 12:32 AM

For a a “Proof of Concept” it looks great to me!

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#9 posted 07-09-2008 11:51 AM

Great looking bowl!

Thanks for the post


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