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Project by doubleDD posted 05-21-2013 01:52 PM 1017 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I see these plywood turnings showing up more and more and wanted to give it a try. I give all the credit to LJ Jim Jakosk who really gave me the inspiration on his last plywood bowl. With a few hints from him, I gave it a try. It is 6 pieces of 3/4’’ baltic birch glued together. It stands 6’’ tall by 5 1/2’’ dia. I used a satin lacquer finish. Thanks in advance for the help Jim.

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





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woodshaver

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#1 posted 05-21-2013 02:00 PM

I am so amazed at how nice your vase turned out. You have made some plain ole plywood look fantastic!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 05-21-2013 02:07 PM

It’s hard to believe that this is made of plywood. Beautiful work.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 05-21-2013 02:24 PM

Your vase is amazing! How much sanding did it take to get that finish? Well done!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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#4 posted 05-21-2013 02:43 PM

And how many sharpenings. Nice.

-- |Statistics show that 100% of people bitten by a snake were close to it.|

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doubleDD

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#5 posted 05-21-2013 03:11 PM

Woodshaver,helluvawreck, yes they turn out great. That’s what caught my eye too. Cajunpen, first of all let me thank you for the tint {POP} idea, I used a little in the sealer to give it life. As far as sanding goes, not as much as you think. Started with 150 grit,220,320, and finished with 400. After sealing I used 600 lightly between coats. Rick, don’t ask. When Jim said have a couple tools ready sharpened, he was not lying. The outside was nothing as bad as the inside for some reason.

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

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JoeinGa

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#6 posted 05-21-2013 03:22 PM

That’s PLYWOOD?
No WAY DUDE!

Looks fantastic

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ldl

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#7 posted 05-21-2013 04:54 PM

Dave that is a great looking turning. As others have said hard to believe it’s plywood. Ya gona make me try it some day for sure.

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

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#8 posted 05-21-2013 07:34 PM

Dave, you made an awesome vase. It is just beautiful. You made my day!!
Plywood is not just for sheeting any more!!!
Thanks for the plug on the inspiration.
I got my inspiration from Bob Collins in Australia and can’t let it go!!

Shavings were hot too??????

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

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peteg

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#9 posted 05-21-2013 10:37 PM

This plywood stuff is just crazy, gotta get me some & play, great result
Pete

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

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#10 posted 05-21-2013 10:48 PM

Wow is all I can say! What tool did you use for the inside?

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doubleDD

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#11 posted 05-22-2013 12:38 AM

joein10asee, ldl, that’s plywood, and yes its hard to believe. amazing——————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Jim, I want to thank you again for your help and inspiration. This could be addictive. And yes the shavings got hot. Can’t wait to try another.

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

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doubleDD

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#12 posted 05-22-2013 12:55 AM

peteg, Knothead62, give it a try, play with this stuff, it was a lot of fun. For shallower turnings like this, 5 1/2’’ deep, I used a hand made ewt like tool with a 19’’ deep reach for the most part and a # 3 ewt hollower. Thanks for looking guys.

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

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Knothead62

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#13 posted 05-22-2013 10:06 AM

Newbie here- what is ewt? Thanks.

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#14 posted 05-22-2013 01:20 PM

looks great ,how many plys in the plywood you use? Ihave tried this but not with great success.

-- dean2336,nebr.

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doubleDD

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#15 posted 05-22-2013 01:56 PM

Knothead62- -EWT Easy Wood Tools. A mfg. of replaceable carbide tip turning tools. They are very good tools for the beginners and pros alike. There are other manufactures out there with pretty much the same. I chose to make a few with a longer reach and heavy handle to get in deeper with better control. I’m sure safety is a issue why they don’t make them with a longer reach. ————————————————————————————————————————————————- dean—Thanks. The plywood I used had 13 layers.

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

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