10" diam Plywood Bowl

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Project by Bob Collins posted 08-15-2012 11:57 AM 1840 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t know what type of plywood this is but was not good quality, I used skews, scrapers to shape it but still managed to gouged pieces out of the ply. I should have thrown it in the wood pile but the colour was looking good and I ended up sanding about half the thickness away with course sand paper followed by wet/dry sandpaper to 800 grit and the final sanding with micro mess to 12000 grit and finished with one coat of gloss polyurethane. Filled a darn cold winters day in.

The offcuts were obtained from a D.I.Y. warehouse and just enough to do the sides after discarding pieces with voids but I am happy with the final results. The base is Silver Birch and red gum.

If you are going to try turning plywood it is advisable to get the best.

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

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 12:37 PM

Very nice bowl. I like the plys showing. I have used Baltic birch in some of mine. The plywood is quite striking!

-- Dennis, WV

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 01:35 PM

A great project Bob, sounds like it was a job to get it the way you wanted it….. Good Job!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 03:48 PM

You’re doing a really nice job on these. Looks good to me.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 09:56 PM

That is a real eye catcher…............nice bowl!!
All I can say is Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oy Oy Oyi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 11:50 PM

Man you’re getting some real interesting results Bob, as Jim says it’s a real eye catcher :)

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

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Sam Shakouri

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#6 posted 08-17-2012 08:41 AM

Nice, great, nicely done and eye catcher, all above plus aussie, aussie, aussie…..oy, oy oy.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 07-16-2015 07:11 AM

This is too cool, Bob. I foresee more plywood turning in my near-future.

-- Mark

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