My lathe journeys. #43: ... Plywood bowl

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Blog entry by JoeinGa posted 03-27-2016 08:01 PM 988 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been seeing some of you turning plywood. I know that most of what I’ve seen so far is the segmented turnings, but I haven’t tried that yet. So I’m gonna start with a simple glue-up and try to not kill myself doing this.

Here’s what I’m starting with, will probably take a week or so before I get it done



That’s 6 layers of 3/4” birch ply. I usually dont wear a face shield when I turn, but I’ll wear it to start this one and see how this goes :-)

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#1 posted 03-27-2016 08:18 PM

Be interesting to see how this turns out.

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#2 posted 03-27-2016 08:22 PM

Plywood on the lathe scares me. I’ll wait for your adventure to play out before I try.

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#3 posted 03-27-2016 09:53 PM

You’ll be awful thankful of your carbide tools. All the glue in plywood is murder on HSS. You’ll be amazed at the shapes that begin to takes form as you go. You’ll find yourself manipulating those shapes. By the bye: It’s really not all that scary or dangerous. Just keep your concentration up and go light. This is gonna be super, Joe.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 03-28-2016 12:29 AM

These are cool turnings. You are giving me the itch again Joe.

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#5 posted 03-28-2016 02:50 PM

Plywood produce some neat effects but it’s not fun to turn. Have some wood filler handy to fill in those gaps you will find after the piece is done. Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.

-- Julian

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