Maple Plywood Bowl #58

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 05-03-2013 12:33 AM 1840 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had this block laid up for a while and decided to turn it after I put my lathe back together. It is maple plywood and measures 6” dia. x 4 1/4” high. It is finished with EEE and Shellawax, but I think I will lacquer it to a higher gloss

My Craftsman lathe quit yesterday and I had to tear it completely apart to get the motor out. I found out that the motor was okay electrically, but the armature was rubbing the field windings. It was not bent but it is put together with two aluminum end plates with bearings in the center. I turned one end plate around 180 degrees and put it back together and it runs fine now.

I turned this bowl and wine bottle stopper just to try it out.

The stopper is made from a core of Mesquite and it is wrapped with Cholla cactus- both from the Arizona desert.
Just goofing around!!!!!!!!!! It is finished with clear matte spray.
In the top I embedded a cartridge case from a Smith and Wesson 500….......Compliments of LJ Hillbilly shooter
Thanks, John!!!!!!!!

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

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#1 posted 05-03-2013 12:45 AM

Nice turning. Like the design. Just have to try turning some plywood one of these days. These things turn out great. Hope there isn’t a special trick to it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 05-03-2013 12:52 AM

Great looking turnings—really like the designs and glad you found a use for that case! Thanks for the shout out.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 05-03-2013 02:55 AM

Nice turning project Jim, almost makes me wanna try out working on the lathe again….almost!!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 05-03-2013 04:00 AM

COOL turned Plywood – Maple…
... really COOL effect… NICE!

COOL stopper with cactus & shell…
... COOL idea…

COOL messin around…

Glad you got your lathe torn apart, fixed, & back together…
... you’re a genius…

Thank you.

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

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#5 posted 05-03-2013 08:43 AM

I am so amazed what these plywood turnings look like, they are so beautiful with your high gloss finish.
Glad the lathe is running again, I was almost worried for a moment – Jim with no lathe!
Fun with the cactus, I had no idea it could be that hard.
Best thoughts my friend,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#6 posted 05-03-2013 10:06 AM

My current BIG regret Jim is that I didn’t meet up with you at least ten years ago, you keep coming up with these gorgeous projects.

-- Harry, Western Australia

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#7 posted 05-03-2013 10:15 AM

I love the bowl shape and the plywood Jim. Other turnings I’ve seen with the high flared rim usually have rounded bottoms and when I see them it makes me think of spittoons. Yours does not, and that’s a good thing! Well done. Your bottle stopper is really wild and very artistic. The most original one I’ve seen to date.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-03-2013 10:17 AM

Nice turnings Jim, good too see you are still playing with the plywood. Very interesting bottle stopper.

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

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#9 posted 05-03-2013 11:45 AM

Thank you all for all the nice comments. What great friends I have met here on Lumberjocks!!!!!!

If I don’t have a planned shape of an object to be turned, I kind of let the wood “tell” me what it wants to be. This one started with a flared top and then a recurve into a ring.. Mike, I did not want it to look like a spittoon so I gave the bottom a back flare and a foot. It kind of looks like the top of a cooling tower at a power station!!
When I did the inside I followed the flare and then back inside the ring, but I did not keep the wall thickness true all through the curves. That is the hard part of making the outer irregular surface like that- what to do with the inside.

I like segmenting or “staving” ( if that is a word?) plywood better to turn. That is a lot of wood to hog out and it is real hot coming out of there. I had to finally put on a glove on my left hand.

I’ll take this to the art fair and see if anyone can’t live without it!!

The lathe is working fine again and I know every nut , bolt , belt and snap ring in it now!!

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

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#10 posted 05-03-2013 12:23 PM

Looks great Jim, glad you got your lathe going. Always inspiring fine work. Thanks for posting!

Take care,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#11 posted 05-03-2013 01:12 PM

Nice work Jim! Hopefully I never have to know every nut, bolt, belt, and snap ring in mine. I’ll just tell my wife I need a new bigger one :-)

-- "There's plenty of time to read the instruction manual when you're laying in the hospital bed". - Dad

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#12 posted 05-03-2013 02:01 PM

Who would guess that playwood bowl can be so interesting.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 05-03-2013 06:02 PM

Thanks, Joe and Ivan!!

Turningheads, I went out to look for another lathe when mine went down. I found a new one at Grizzly that would fit on my lathe station but it had a 1 1/4”-8 spindle and all my stuff is 1”-8. I also found the exact same lathe as mine on E bay but it was in Maryland and local pick up only. If anyone wants one and lives close, it was only $150 at the time. Here is the link and it comes with accessories.

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

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#14 posted 05-03-2013 06:25 PM

Good job Jim. They both look great. Did you pick up that cactus on your last trip. Cool way to use it.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#15 posted 05-03-2013 09:32 PM

I’v gotta try some of this ply some day Jim, it comes up real nice indeed, Like the idea with your tops, well done Mate
Pete :)

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

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