Plywood and Perspex (plexiglass) bowl

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Project by Bob Collins posted 10-31-2013 07:47 AM 1956 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First attempt at using Perspex (plexiglass) using the scroll saw Have found this method is more simple than the previous method I used earlier. Pics 4 5 and 6 shows the set up of the board, the cut circles and the initial glue up. I still have a lot to learn like which is the better glue to use and keeping the darn blade on a steady cut.
Any one interested in trying this method I recommend they spend a few dollars and purchase the book by Carol
Rothman titled “wooden bowls from the scroll saw”.

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

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 08:02 AM

Cool Bob.
I like it.

Thanks for showing.


-- 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. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 08:25 AM

Wow, interesting way to accomplish this, great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 10-31-2013 08:42 AM

I like the matched between plywood and perspex. I think building the blank is much more difficult than turn it. Make sure of gluing safety during turning.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#4 posted 10-31-2013 08:57 AM

well Bob I was completely fascinated with your work, did not have a clue as to how you did it until I checked the photos.
Would have never guessed it was all done with rings.

Nice appealing effect.

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 10-31-2013 11:54 AM

Bob, what a challenge this must have been to make. It is gorgeous, I like the contrast between the perspex and the plywood. Keep up the good work!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#6 posted 10-31-2013 01:03 PM

Amazing what you can do when you face the challenge. Beautiful work.

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

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#7 posted 10-31-2013 02:04 PM

Bob, that is really cool how it all lines up! If it tried that, it would be fire wood!
Nice work!!..............Jim

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

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#8 posted 10-31-2013 02:18 PM

Very cool process. Thanks for sharing

-- Ron Campbell

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#9 posted 10-31-2013 05:00 PM

very Nice job, mine are about 11 inches wide , rings are a quarter of an inch wide,they are fun to make. keep up the good work.

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#10 posted 10-31-2013 07:33 PM

You’re getting real tricky now Bob :)
Both materials blend beaut, great first up 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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#11 posted 10-31-2013 08:21 PM

G’day Bob, Great combination of the materials. I love the colour blend too. The whole project is a graceful merge of the two materials. Is the perspex sharp when cut? I suppose good safety goggles for the fine grit when cutting the perspex?

Keep experimenting with the interesting combination of blending wood and perspex….. I think you will amaze us with unique projects.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#12 posted 10-31-2013 08:37 PM

A welcome and clever idea which I feel you could perfect if youkeep it going, This is a welcome break from the traditional old old bowls which become very predictable over time ideas like thie are very much needed but I feel it is let down a little perhaps by hasty finishing please continue, as I would love to see more.Most good turners perfect a way of turning of their own and I feel you are onto something good here .Alistair just my opinion of course

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#13 posted 10-31-2013 08:39 PM

Once again you inspire. Not because I am a lathe person, but because you continue to show the value of imagination. Keep up the good work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 10-31-2013 09:56 PM

Way different look.

How thick are the rings and what angle do you cut at?


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Bob Collins

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#15 posted 11-02-2013 03:12 AM

Steve, blanks was 3/4” thick, rings 3/8” cut at an angle of 28 degrees. Monte the lathe is my favorite but just have to try different methods. Cliff perspex is rather smooth after sawing but face/dust mask are a must.. Sam I used CA glue this time around but will try epoxy, your right the setting up is time consuming.
Handyman rings are 3/8” but will get thinner with practice, you have some nice ones on your page.
Scotty you are right about the finish, not the best but working with two different materials needs practice.
Thanks all for the comments, I had fun doing this.

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

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