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Project by Mark Wilson posted 07-14-2015 05:09 AM 1219 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to the Honorable Bob Wemm, the Gentleman from Australia, I tried a new Thing – turned plywood. This is a vase the stands 10” tall, yet is only about 3-3/4 deep (tools inadequate to the task of going real deep – I tried, didn’t work). Six pieces of 3” X 12” Birch Plywood, glued into a block and turned (with quickly dulling tools), after being made octagonal on the table saw. I added the three turned dowels to break up all those vertical lines. Friction Polished 6X and waxed for the discerning fingers.
The final photo shows the process of trying to decide on a shape and demonstrates what my crew does when she gets tired of waiting – she pours a drink, lights a smoke, and falls asleep. Doggie debauchery.
In the “Tags”, I looked for choking on dust, filling voids, neuvo-old-timey, ...

-- Mark

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#1 posted 07-14-2015 05:50 AM

That is pretty cool Mark, there is a definite advantage of more layers of plywood, but I love how grains are shown.
Excellent finish, and I love the shape as well.
So good to see your Offsider/crew taking advantage of the situation. Nothing like being hard at work. LOL.
I wonder what the next one will look like?????
Thanks for sharing.

(The Honorable Bob Wemm)


-- 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 07-14-2015 06:49 AM

Bob, you’re a delight. I’m more pleased than you can know that I made your acquaintance.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 07-14-2015 12:04 PM

This is really neat, Mark. I’ll have to give it a try.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-14-2015 01:51 PM

Mark, this is a very nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 07-15-2015 12:31 AM

Excellent looking piece Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 07-15-2015 02:20 AM

Hey Mark, Nice to see you breaking out, Plywood can be fun, this looks good, WOW! Honorable Bob Wemm, I was going to call him tonight, but now I probably will have to address him as Mayor Bob.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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#7 posted 07-15-2015 07:16 AM

Charlie, please use Bob’s as an example. Not about the shape, but just ‘cuz it’s better, IMHO.
About the shape: I like it. Also, the way I arrived at it was by pulling a Descarte on it. That is to say, I pulled up inages of amphorae, and just started looking at one after another with an empty head, as though I’d never seen a vase before. (So many vases have been made throughout history that I knew going in that I wouldn’t be coming up with anything new.) So, like Descarte, I sought truth by doubt that I knew anything. Then, I loaded my tabla raza with pictures. What you see came as a pony under a pile of _. I’m awful glad you like it, hope you do it, but, know this: I finished it yesterday evening. I spent this afternoon sharpening tools. Plywood is 400 lbs. of glue and 2 oz. of wood. I felt like I’d been dipped in a vat of glue afterwards. And my tools said, Why, Woodsmith, why???

-- Mark

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