Segment bowl with plywood

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Project by Julian posted 07-07-2014 02:25 PM 2728 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at a segmented bowl. I didn’t want to use my good wood for my first segmented bowl attempt so I thought why not some plywood. Turning plywood was probably more challenging than turning regular wood. The top ring is poplar and the bottom has a ring of mystery wood I received from my neighbor. Turning plywood was tough on the turning tools but it forced me to learn how to sharpen my tools free hand.
I feel comfortable sharpening any of my tools without a jig. After sanding to 320, I applied about 3 coats of shellac and two coats of a water based poly. Then steel wool with wax. Still need to finish the bottom but I need to make a donut chuck. I will definitely make more segmented projects but not with plywood.

-- Julian

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 02:44 PM

Wow. Very ambitious. I hate turning ply. Hope you have a good dust mask.

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#2 posted 07-07-2014 05:38 PM

Very cool piece though

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 07-07-2014 10:02 PM

Welcome to turning ply. There are several of use on LJ’s who have at one time or another. You are right about turning ply. It does have it’s own challenges. But it forces us turners to up our game. And the results can be very nice.


-- I'm not old. Just "well seasoned".

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