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Project by Bob Collins posted 08-05-2015 12:22 PM 1688 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Plywood and red gum laminated together and then cut in staves, bowls are 9” in diam. with red gum bases.
You will notice that the plywood gives a different pattern on each bowl, these are off to Melbourne and pre sold.
Had to post these as Sam thought I had run out of plywood.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 12:47 PM

Bob, these are very interesting. Can you ‘share’ (not your tools) some insight on just how these were made. I am curious to say the least. Thanks.

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 01:43 PM

Hi Bob I am saving the pictures to show my turning buddy down the street, very beautiful bowls for a guy that was too old to learn to turn. Bruce

-- NSBruce

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Ronald G Campbell

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 01:53 PM

Nice. Love fooling around with some of the plywood

-- Ron Campbell

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#4 posted 08-05-2015 02:11 PM

Very unique look with plywood. Any problems with the plywood tearing out while turning?

-- Julian

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Mark Wilson

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#5 posted 08-05-2015 09:20 PM

Beautiful, Bob. I’m mystified. Process photos, please. I think I may have it. But, when I think through the way I think I have it, in my mind, circles must, of necessity, become ovals. This is what mystifies me. Just a photo of a pre-glueup segment would clear it up. Particularly, the Photo 1 bowl. Thanks.

-- Mark

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#6 posted 08-05-2015 10:15 PM

plywood. PLYWOOD???? REALLY?
Dang! These are beautiful ! I’m fixin’ to build some book shelves for church, should have some plywood left over ….

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#7 posted 08-05-2015 11:46 PM

Very nice work Bob. Excellent the way you have each one centered after turning. Tedious job.Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 08-06-2015 12:08 AM

You sure are determined to get me out buying some ply Mate :)
boy this gives some really fascinating patterns to the finished job, great job on the glue up. top job

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 08-06-2015 08:59 AM

Thank for the comments. Horky, I hope you could understand what I wrote. Julian, No, as long as the cutting edge is nice and sharp. Don’t buy Pete, must be a cabinet maker in NZ that wants his offcuts cleared out.
JoeinG, could always make the bookshelves a bit smaller to be sure there is some left over. Mark, will give it a thought.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 08-06-2015 01:13 PM

The bowls are beautiful!

I will add more request for a bit more information on how you made them. I think we may be hindered by a common language barrier. I have moved around enough to know that English speakers from different parts of the world don’t always use the same words for things, and they also use the same word to mean something entirely different. I am just not sure what you mean when you say you laminated the plywood and red gum and then cut them into staves. Especially that part about cutting them into staves. It’s just not a term I have ever encountered outside a discussion of barrel making. A picture of one of the staves would probably clear things up.

Even if you opt not to provide more information on how you did it, I still want to compliment you on some unique and beautiful work.

-- Ride the bevel!

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 08-07-2015 01:14 AM

G’day Ralph, A couple of photos re laminating and staves. Staves are cut on the bandsaw with 2 angles
Blade angle and Miter angle, Pic 1 is layers ready for laminating (not plywood in this case) Pic 2 cutting stave at BA7.93 MA8.01. I will give you or anyone else more info on how I do these just send a PM hopefully when I get time I will do a blog on how to. Cheers hope this clears up laminating and stave for you, all this info is on the net if you want to chase it up.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 08-07-2015 03:20 AM

Exquisite piece, Bob. That give me an idea!! Thanks for sharing….....

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 08-08-2015 07:25 AM

Bob…........I don’t know what to say!!!!!!! That is a Stunning and Superb Project!!!!!!!

Great Work!!!! By Gee the combination of the Ply and Red Gum work well.
Beautiful and very unique Bowls.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#14 posted 08-14-2015 11:27 AM

Sorry I missed these Bob.
They are both beautiful and definitely outside the square/box.
Love you work.
Thanks for sharing.

-- 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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