Creating blanks from laminating uncut boards?

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Forum topic by csnyderdvm posted 09-06-2014 04:08 AM 1086 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-06-2014 04:08 AM

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I’ve seem the YouTube vids and threads about calculating the cuts in boards to glue and stack to create bowls to turn and finish. Since I am brand new it turning, would it be a reasonable alternative to laminate a total of 2-3” of 3/4 inch stock (6” wide maple) into bowl blanks for the purpose of practice? I recognize there would be a lot of waste wood as opposed to cutting out the rings, but the purpose is more for practice?
Thanks in advance!

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#1 posted 09-06-2014 04:31 AM

For practice, why not go to a firewood supplier, and buy some wood to try, unless the practice you need is “Gluing wood” instead of turning wood.. ........... . Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 09-06-2014 04:43 AM

Not a turner but if I ever get a lathe ill be raiding my neighbors wood pile that I help restock every summer.. for practice pieces

-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#3 posted 09-06-2014 05:52 AM

Sounds like you are talking about the single board bowl? I haven’t made one but there doesn’t seem to be much calculation involved and it would be much quicker than gluing up then hollowing out solid wood.


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#4 posted 09-06-2014 12:26 PM

Being new to turning myself and having never turned a segmented piece,
You should take this with a grain of salt…. for my advice may well be worth what you paid for it!!!!

I don’t see why this would not work. Just be sure to have tight glue joints, and clamp well.
Will this waist a lot of wood? YES.
Not necessarily a bad thing….

While watching Captain Eddie videos….
He regularly says: “EVERY cut is a practice cut!”
With that in mind….
While turning your practice bowls, try all kinds of different tools, cuts & techniques.
You can even practice different finishing products and techniques, then turn off the finish, rinse & repeat….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-06-2014 05:17 PM

I started out doing just what you are thinking of. I had a good source of offcuts of kiln dried lumber. I glued them on to blocks, cut them round on bandsaw and turned them into bowls. I made a lot of shavings, but since the offcuts were going to the burn pile, I didn’t feel guilty at all.

-- Grant Wilkinson, Ottawa ON

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#6 posted 09-06-2014 08:34 PM

I may be missing the intent of your question, but Denny Edwards YouTube on tuning a ‘dizzy bowl’ shows a variation on the ‘bowl from a board’ idea that you could adapt to make a bowl using scraps of wood laminated together. You can skip the more complicated portions and just use his tips to cut various size rings that will stack to make a bowl. No need for the parts about offsetting one to the next, etc.

See the video at Denny is a great guy and will send you the spreadsheet to be used to determine how to cut out the rings.

Hope this helps!


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