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Project by BobWemm posted 06-03-2013 08:32 AM 1454 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally got this vase finished this afternoon. Started off with a 10in length of 3×3in ply and added three laminations of 1/2in ply on all sides so finished with a 6×6in blank.

The finished object is 9 1/4 high, 5 3/4 in the middle and 5 1/2 at the top. The wall thickness is 3/8in, I wasnt game to go much thinner.

Inspiration for this piece came from a member of this site, so thank you.

The finish is three coats of WOP with a very light sanding between coats.

Thanks for looking and I hope you like it. C & C welcome.

Bob.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.





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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 06-03-2013 09:53 AM

A great looking vase Bob, you got terrific effects with the laminating and a great finish. Like this one.
Welcome to plywood club.

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

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 10:21 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 06-03-2013 11:42 AM

It’s amazing how just a few pieces of plywood can become such a beautiful vase. It must be like a cloudscape of patterns as you turn it. Nice work Bob!

Edit… I meant to say kaleidoscope … LOL!!!

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

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#4 posted 06-03-2013 11:52 AM

I am getting a new appreciation for plywood :)

-- Jim, Tinley Park, IL http://jbuda.net

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#5 posted 06-03-2013 12:23 PM

This is just amazing, but I have to ask… Since there are so many variations of plywood (quality), are there any suggestions/tips on choosing the best medium for turning? FWIW, I have had some ply come apart before I could even build anything with it.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#6 posted 06-03-2013 01:03 PM

HorizontalMike, The 3in centre is part of a structural beam and unfortunately I have no idea what it is made from, BUT being structural I would think that it is a pretty good quality. It was very hard on my tools. In Australia we have basically 3 grades of ply;-
Marine – is really tough
Construction – mid quality ( what I used)
Cheap ** – not worth the time of day, especially for turning.
The biggest tip I can give you is Color variation between the ply’s and reasonably good quality.

Hope this helps.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#7 posted 06-03-2013 05:07 PM

Way to go Bob, better watch out, this stuff can become addictive. The plywood that you have in Australia, is much nicer looking than ours. I have found some nice construction form plywood, that is sandwiched between two layers of MDF that has great color variation between ply’s, but too expensive for my budget, around $80.00 a sheet, best hope here,is to beg a few scraps from the Const. Foreman. Another good source is to get some flooring samples from Habitat for Humanity, or maybe Lumber liquidators.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#8 posted 06-03-2013 08:08 PM

Thanks Bob. I’ll remember that tip. This looks like a bunch of fun to turn!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#9 posted 06-04-2013 12:00 AM

It’s always nice to see others turning plywood. I’ve seen several examples in the last year on LJ that always amaze me including this one.

HorizontalMike,

I agree. Too many cheap quality types of ply from the “Orange Borg” type stores. Not worth turning IMHO. I used either Russian or Finnish Baltic Birch from Woodcraft, till they closed the local store. More plys and better quality overall. And not as many knots (but a few). I cannot remember the last time I found any voids in the layers anywhere.

Now it’s to the local hardwood dealer two cities away where they sell “Appleply”. Not quite as good as Baltic Birch, but still way better than what they sell at the Orange Borg.

See Some Other Plywood Turnings

-Dave

-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 12:07 AM

Very nice!

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#11 posted 06-04-2013 01:07 AM

Thanks for the feedback, it is always fun to try something different. I wonder how something like this would look in colored “Spectraply”, probably too over the top. Might just have to try a little one.

Cheers.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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#12 posted 06-04-2013 02:48 AM

Very nice work, looks great.

-- Tom D

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#13 posted 06-05-2013 06:50 PM

Fantastic bowl! You make plywood look stunning, beautiful patterns and the finish set them off. Superb turning!

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#14 posted 06-05-2013 11:05 PM

Beautiful vase. I liked the way you stacked the ply on 4 sides. I was thinking of trying it myself. Good work.

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

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