Plywood Ornamental Bowl

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Project by Bob Collins posted 03-20-2016 06:12 AM 2341 views 10 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had an email yesterday telling me to have a look at Kerry Vesper’s site as it might inspire me, well it sure did, great stuff on there although he works big. Couldn’t wait to have a go at a bowl but not willing to use expensive wood in case of a stuff up I settled for two different types of plywood. Started by making the bowl from a board for the centre piece and then a piece of marine for bottom and top gluing the off cuts to the top to make the bumps or whatever. Pics below to show how it went

cutting on the scroll saw

glued up centre piece

top with bits and pieces

I used the Arbertec mini turbo to rip the bumps into shape and finished off with the dremel before sanding.

This is a nice easy bowl to make, any shape can be used with the bowl from a board method.

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

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#1 posted 03-20-2016 06:35 AM

That is great Bob, it resembles an open cut mine, especially with all the layers.
Thanks for sharing this with us.


-- 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 03-20-2016 09:41 AM

Holy Cow Bob!!!!! You are creating some amazing projects!!!!!! The Plywood sure comes up real nice and has the most intriguing swirls. Is a shape such as this hard to sand? It looks so smooth and clear.

Another great project!!!!!!! Congratulations.



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

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#3 posted 03-20-2016 11:30 AM

Thanks Bob and Cliff. Sanding was easy Cliff, the mid section was sanded before putting the base and top on, these were sanded separately before glue up and then just a hand sand with 400 grit. Have a look at Kerry Vesper Sculpture & Design site on the net and you will see where the idea came from, more to follow.

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

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#4 posted 03-20-2016 11:45 AM

Bob, turned out really nice. What are the dimensions?

-- Roger Gaborski,

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#5 posted 03-20-2016 11:59 AM

Roger, the top measurements 12” x 8” and 3 1/2” deep.

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

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#6 posted 03-20-2016 01:00 PM

I like this method Bob. It tends to be very natural looking. The shape reminds me of a crater.

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

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#7 posted 03-20-2016 01:06 PM

Bob I like what you have done here. Great idea

-- Ron Campbell

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#8 posted 03-20-2016 01:32 PM

Bob sees an open cut, Dave sees a crater. Looking at photos #4 and #5… I see a heart ! Any way you look at it, it’s a pretty nice piece !

And it gives me ideas to glue up a few pieces of 3/4” plywood and see what I might be able to turn from it.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 03-20-2016 02:10 PM

I love what you have done here Bob. Plywood gets a bum rap sometimes because it is a manufactured product and seen as not as real as solid wood but I am a big fan. It makes great boats and apparently great bowls!
I’m with BobWemm on the open pit mine look. .... from space.

Really nice job.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 03-20-2016 03:21 PM

Another attention grabber.

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#12 posted 03-20-2016 03:52 PM

That’s very cool Bob. The choice of a darker stain adds to the overall effect as well. Always enjoy your projects.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 03-20-2016 04:45 PM

Fantastic piece. Thanks for the build photos!!
This just sparked an idea for another piece on the lathe!!!!!

Bob, I see where the inspiration came from. Here is the site:

Cheers, Jim

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

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#14 posted 03-20-2016 07:05 PM

nothing not to like about this piece Bob, very creative indeed & well deserving of a DT3 win.
I like your treatment of the top giving a natural type wavy finish. Well done Mate

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

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#15 posted 03-20-2016 09:27 PM

hi bob
that is one great looking piece off art
i love it must try one off those some time


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