I was really inspired by Paul Baden’s sculptures using laminated wood:
So I decided to jump in. I got some kitchen cabinet doors circa 1960 from a Freecycle listing. Nice maple-veneered, close to marine-grade plywood. Best plywood that I ever never paid for.
I sanded off the finish, glued them together, and then went to work. Well, sanding them was actually a lot of work.
I shaped the big laminated block with a chainsaw. I was going for a simple abstract shape, a seed pod of sorts. Hey, it’s my first attempt.
Then I refined the shape with a reciprocating saw. Next, a 60-grit flap disc in a 4 1/2” grinder. Dust city!
Then, a belt sander to get is smoother. Next, I tried a random orbital sander. But I still have a wavy surface.
Nothing like Paul’s work. Now I’m running out of tools to throw at it. I can’t hand carve it. It’s too nasty for that.
I could perhaps hand sand it if I live that long.
I was thinking about drooping it on the un-backed part of my knife grinder to get some sanding belt wrap-around on the shape, perhaps get out the waves, but that just sounds dicey – it’s heavy and about 30” tall.
I realize that sculpting end-grain plywood is not everybody’s dream job, but I could use a few more ideas.