Spiral Sea Shell in Plywood

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Project by Bob Collins posted 01-28-2014 at 03:13 AM 1664 views 6 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have been experimenting with angles, thickness of wedges and have four different ones made from Oregon to be sanded and finished but where would it be if I didn’t produce a shell made with Marine Ply. This one ended up bigger than I expected as I added an extra wedge (used 6 in lieu of 5) There is an ebook by Steve Garrison available on the net which I must buy and hopefully it will show me how to improve on the current ones I am working on I cut another ply wood shell on the scroll saw today (should add the last segments are cut on the band saw due to the thickness of the wood). I don’t think it would be right if I added a blog as I appreciate Steve’s
efforts in producing his ebooks. If you look closely at these shells you will see the segments and if I could work out the procedure I’m sure you guys can!!!

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

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 at 03:36 AM

This is really nice and unique one, Bob. Congratulation.

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

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 at 03:41 AM

Hey Bob, That is awesome mate. I bet it took a few minutes to make. LOL.

-- 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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#3 posted 01-28-2014 at 05:37 AM

Looks awesome, I really want to try this when I get a chance, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 at 06:00 AM

This is fun and interesting to look at. Cool work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 at 06:10 AM

This is beautiful work and a very nice design.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#6 posted 01-28-2014 at 07:07 AM

Bob it looks like you have mastered this cutting tech. I think these things are beautiful. I have always loved the shape of this sea shell. Have you posted a how too yet. I would be interested in the process. Keep posting these

-- Ron Campbell

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#7 posted 01-28-2014 at 07:56 AM


-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. I think of my shop as Fritter City. I am the Mayor.

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#8 posted 01-28-2014 at 08:23 AM

That is awesome…! I bet you can even hear the seashore when you put your ear up to it…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#9 posted 01-28-2014 at 08:31 AM

Looking really great Bob…looks like you have improved on it since the first one you posted. Perfecting and refining them with every one you make. Awesome work, can’t wait to see the next shell or shells.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#10 posted 01-28-2014 at 09:07 AM

super job..keep experimenting & showing us all up!!! :-)

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#11 posted 01-28-2014 at 09:53 AM

Really interesting, sir!

-- Frank, Mississippi, Handcrafted wooden rings -

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#12 posted 01-28-2014 at 10:39 AM

Yeah, that’s art alright. would look great with a little pedestal and under a lighted shelf on display.

-- Witty signature line still pending

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#13 posted 01-28-2014 at 10:43 AM

Nicely done Bob. I do like “off-the-wall” ply projects like this.

I was intrigued by these, so I Googled past all the Steve Garrison (baseball) listings and found Steve Garrison’s (woodworker) new website. Look under “Ebooks” at the bottom of the header on the main page for more info on his series of Ebooks.


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

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#14 posted 01-28-2014 at 11:00 AM

Geeze mate, this series is really going places, what an amazing creation, not even going to try & work it out I’ll just enjoy watching your journey, : )

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

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#15 posted 01-28-2014 at 01:36 PM

Outstanding!! How did you do it?

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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