Small Plywood bowl

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Project by nerdkraft posted 10-11-2011 10:17 PM 14176 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I took my first woodturning class about six weeks ago at TechShop San Francisco which consisted of safety and basic usage on a Powermatic 4224. This is my third bowl, make of laminating 18mm baltic birch plywood vertically with a 5 degree angle. My first bowl was horizontally laminated but after seeing Darrel’s vertical/bias bowl had to give it a try. I especially love how the base flare affects grain.

(poorly) finished with WTF.

Currently working on a 45 degree bias ply bowl!

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#1 posted 10-11-2011 10:31 PM

L really, really like it!

But WTF is WTF?

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

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#2 posted 10-11-2011 10:38 PM

Love the grain pattern

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 10-11-2011 10:42 PM

I love that it is plywood! Looks awesome.

Charlie asks an excellent question, though….

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#4 posted 10-11-2011 10:46 PM

I trust that it is a high grade of plywood. All I have seen has a lot of voids between the plys.

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 10:47 PM

Thank you!
Sorry – WTF = General Finishes Woodturner's Finish
(leave it to General Finishes, makers of Saladbowl Finish to have such a general sounding name)

and yes, they refer to it as WTF as well :)

I was in a hurry (bad) and only put on two coats. Next bowl is getting 6 or 7, which is not too bad at 5-10 minutes dry time

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#6 posted 10-11-2011 10:49 PM

knothead – it’s baltic birch athough it still had a void due the football fillers. I took some of my finer shavings/chips and made wood filler by mixing it with titebond 3. It actually blends fine with the darker plys.

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#7 posted 10-11-2011 11:03 PM

Nicely Done….looking at getting a lathe around Christmas, and this type of project might have moved to the top of my list. I look forwad to seeing the 45-degree bowl

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#8 posted 10-11-2011 11:16 PM

Nice looking bowl . They don’t have soild wood where you are from. LOL just kidding

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#9 posted 10-12-2011 12:04 AM

Oh, I was thinking WTF is “what’s that finish?”. You know . . . the stuff you put on wonder wood – as in “I wonder where that wood came from?”.

Very nice. I may have to try one of these.


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#10 posted 10-12-2011 12:24 AM

That is a cool grain pattern and nicely turned bowl!!

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

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#11 posted 10-12-2011 01:39 AM

nerdcraft, thinking creative. I use TBIII for gluing cork rings for custom fishing rods. Great stuff and a great tip for future reference. Thanks! I see a dark spot on the upper right of the bowl. Is that it?

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#12 posted 10-12-2011 03:33 AM

I like the modern clean looks of It that would look cool! with chevron layers.

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#13 posted 10-12-2011 08:28 AM

Wow, that turned out really well. Amazing how plywood looks when turned into a nice shape sin’t it? Great job.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#14 posted 10-12-2011 10:22 AM

Thanks for the support and comments!
Plywood really is amazing when it changes from a sheet good to a solid with geometric grain. Beats the living daylights out of my tools but lI love the look! Being in San Francisco and working crazy startup hours, it’s tough to find fresh wood and even tougher to find the space to store drying blanks.

Thanks again to Darell for the inspiration and the kind words.

Spent this evening turning the cutoff from this lamination

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#15 posted 10-13-2011 05:37 AM

very nice turning. best plywood turning i have seen. very smooth finish. keep em coming

-- wiser1934, new york

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