Maple Plywood Bowl #50

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 548 days ago 1069 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister, Jeannie, from Illinois visited this weekend and asked me if I could make her a bowl to feed her dog dry food. She wanted his name on it too! So I laminated up some plywood on Sat night and we turned the bowl on Monday. I had her do a little of the work on the inside. Having never turned before, she got a little too aggressive with the hollowing. She got a catch and threw the bowl off the lathe and about 20 feet. Luckily half the tenon was left and I was able to chuck it up to finish it for her. Next time I’ll have her do something a little easier so she feels good with turning.

It is made from a stack of 8 pieces of maple plywood with a plywood tenon glued on the bottom to hold it in the chuck. The woodburning was a first for me. I had bought my wife a nice Colwood woodburner and I have never used it. I printed the name off the computer and traced it onto the bowl and then used a small round tip to burn the letters. It was quite fun!! I’ll have to use it more often.

The bowl is finished with Behandla salad bowl finish.

Jeannie called today and said Marshall loves his new bowl!!!!!!! She is holding it in the last picture…................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 548 days ago

Great bowl Jim, like the pattern you have achieved. Nice piece of burning, your having to much fun.

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

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#2 posted 548 days ago

Wow, you “ply boys” are cranking out some real nice pieces, Sister has a great smile holding this one Jim, I think that says it all YES
well done 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 548 days ago

Nice looking work as always Jim. I really like the pattern from the plywood!

All the best,


-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#4 posted 548 days ago

Nice job Jim & Jeannie !
I bet Marshall loves it !

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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#5 posted 548 days ago

Super COOL!

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#6 posted 548 days ago

Great pattern on that wood Jim.

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

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#7 posted 548 days ago

Good save on a gr8 bowl. How’s that plywood on the chisels? Lotta trips to the grinder??

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 548 days ago

Roger you are right there. I sharpen about 4 times to finish a plywood bowl. The material coming off is hot too, so you have keep your distance or wear a glove….........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#9 posted 548 days ago

Nice Bowl Jim! And a nice time with family, that’s what matters most.
Glad Marshall liked it!

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

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#10 posted 548 days ago

Nicely done. That was kind of you to let her help on making the bowl. Maybe you can get her started on wood turning.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#11 posted 547 days ago

Amazing what a guy can do with plywood !

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 547 days ago

Hi Kelly. I think she would like it . I’ll get her back on there next time she comes up and have her complete a project without any internal turning. She got right into the hollowing. The bedan bottomed out a lot and whipped the bowl off the lathe when the tenon broke in 2. Jeannie did not have the feel yet!!
It may not have happened with a solid wood tenon.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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#13 posted 547 days ago

Another nice bowl Jim

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