Plywood Bowls

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Project by DaveDelo posted 02-12-2014 05:38 PM 1199 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had some extra pieces of decent plywood (HD no less) so I glued them up for a couple bowls. Never turned plywood before and didn’t know what to expect. Couple small voids in each piece but overall was satisfied how they turned out. Large bowl is 4.5” x 12” and the smaller is 5” x 8”. Used tenon on the smaller and recess on the larger. Finished off with EEE and Shellawax friction polish.

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#1 posted 02-12-2014 05:59 PM

Like the look of turned plywood. It gives an illusion of multiple grains and colors. Check out Mar55’s laminated plywood end tables. Rather unique.
What tools did you use?

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#2 posted 02-12-2014 06:42 PM

the plywood gives the bowl a very interesting look, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 02-12-2014 07:40 PM


Tried a couple different bowl gouges but didn’t like the results. Maybe I was scared of catching in a void, I don’t know but pretty decent results with the Sorby Turnmaster on the inside and the EWT Finisher on the outside. Next time I think I’ll try out my regular round nose scrapers. Surface ends up a little rough so I started out with 80 grit. I don’t usually wear gloves but it only took 1 splinter to get them on…ouch!

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#4 posted 02-12-2014 09:11 PM

I like it. Well done.

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

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#5 posted 02-12-2014 11:22 PM

Very nice concept…......................;-j

-- Joe in Pueblo West, Colo.

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#6 posted 02-12-2014 11:55 PM

A good way to use scrap plywood.
Did it cause your tools to dull quickly?

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#7 posted 02-13-2014 12:40 AM


For shaping the outside, I did rotate the carbide cutter a quarter turn early on just to see if I could get a better cut and I did with the fresh edge for the remainder of the outside. I used HSS cutter in the Turnmaster and sharpened twice for the inside.

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#8 posted 02-14-2014 05:37 AM

Looks interesting,nice bowl.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 02-18-2014 02:56 PM

You made plywood look great. It came out really pretty, very interesting look on your bowls. Great job!

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