First turning since high school. Plywood goblet

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I have done no woodworking since high school. I got a lathe in trade for an old laptop to get me back into it.

I didn’t want to use solid wood on my first project because I wanted to see if I had any of my skills left.
This was 10 year old 1/2 inch construction grade used plywood that I started with. I glued a bunch of blocks together and then mounted them on my lathe.

I used only a 1inch and a 1/4inch gouge as I don’t have many tools. The bowl is not properly deep or wide, and the thickness of the wood in the bowl is well over an inch. I need to get some other tools that I am comfortable working inside the bowl with. In high school I never did any such bowl work so I did ok for my first time, I think.

This plywood had many voids and holes in it, and I did not try to fill any of them. The project was mostly to test out my turning skills. I sanded the plywood from 80 trough to 440.

I have very few finishes on hand so I use shellac to seal the wood and then finished it with wax paste.

All in all I am happy with this first project in years. It took me many days because due to my disability I cannot stand for very long at all. Looking forward to makeing my wife a proper hardwood rolling pin soon, I already have some ash and cherry picked out for that project, but before that, I think I will turn another plywood job – a small bowl or plate.

-- Don't try to figure it out... just turn it.

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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 01-19-2013 11:23 PM

Nice project. Welcome back to turning.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 01-20-2013 12:51 AM

Really nice – it’s really impressive when plywood is used like this. I’ll bet you only fellow woodworkers would be able to tell you that it’s plywood.

Sweet turning!


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#3 posted 01-20-2013 06:01 AM

I really like it; Someone who didn’t know much about wood might think this is some crazy grain. I have to try this.

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
- Albert Einstein

-- "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 01-20-2013 11:38 AM

Very cool looking

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-20-2013 12:16 PM

I like this. Plywood turnings are sure different.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#6 posted 01-20-2013 08:43 PM

Plywood has many hidden qualities and beauty.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 01-21-2013 03:26 AM

thanks for sharing this. Now I have a next project!!!

-- I did measure it twice, it's still too short.

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#8 posted 01-21-2013 03:17 PM

With the beautiful result, you clearly have talent on wood turning. Keep it up!


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Syd Sellers

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#9 posted 02-21-2013 03:34 AM

Well done, it must be something that happens in Albert cause of of out group members also uses plywood.

Nice job.

-- Syd Sellers Old woodturners never die, they just keep chipping away!

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