Maple Plywood Bowl #49

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 10-03-2012 11:09 PM 3185 views 10 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m back in the shop after getting a new left knee. I needed to get this bowl done today to be able to give it to my doctor tomorrow at my follow up visit after surgery a couple weeks ago. I made it for him as a thank you for the great job he did. I hope he doesn’t care that I was up on my feet that long!! He did say I could put full weight on it!!!

This was made out of a layup of three piece of maple plywood. I cut them at 30 degrees on the table saw and then cut the pieces into segments. I first had to make a 30 degree block for my table saw fence so the part was riding on the angle during the second cut rather than the slim sharp corner which would make a lousy gauge surface. While I was at it, I made some 15 degree and 45 degree blocks too.

After I glued the 6 segments into a hex, I bored it out on the Southbend lathe and made a plug to glue in it. I used the metal lathe because I need the accuracy and a very straight cut.

It is 6” in diameter and 4 1/2” high. It is finished with EEE polish and Shellawax.

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

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#1 posted 10-03-2012 11:22 PM

Great one Jim, looks like plywood is addictive. Maple plywood has a nice pattern to it and you have used it well. Good to hear the knee is doing well, 12 months since I had both mine replaced and doing fine. Look forward to
seeing more plywood projects. Your Dr will love this gift.

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

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#2 posted 10-03-2012 11:37 PM

Nice looking bowl that you have made for the doc. Pretty neat pattern that come out of turning plywood. I will have to give it a try sometime.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 10-03-2012 11:40 PM

A really beautiful looking bowl Jim. I haven’t got the courage up to do bowl turning as yet but when I see works of art like this it really gets my blood running. I’ve given myself a due date of December 1st for my first effort. I do lots of spindles, pens, chess pieces (plus carving) but bowl turning has me frozen for some reason. I have a very old lathe that limits me to using an L shaped rest for inside cuts and I don’t feel comfortable with it. But seeing your turnings sure does get me going. I looked at all your other turning projects and they are great. Wally

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#4 posted 10-03-2012 11:54 PM

Pretty cool !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 12:13 AM

Great job Jim! Keep up the good work!

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#6 posted 10-04-2012 12:21 AM

Great Bowl Jim, but even better to hear your knee is mending!!
Go Slow with the recovery my Friend… You don’t want to have to make your Doctor another one!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 12:25 AM

Great Project! What kind of plywood did you use? Was it Lowe’s or Home Depots’s plywood or better grade? It looks to me like it is better, because man that looks good!

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#8 posted 10-04-2012 01:32 AM

Bob’s got ya Jim :: )))
this looks like some sort of alien staring you down, man you get some great effects with that ly.
Nice job on the bowl as well mate

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

#9 posted 10-04-2012 02:33 AM

Very interesting job !!!!


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#10 posted 10-04-2012 02:46 AM

Glad to see ya up and about. Nice bowl.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 02:52 AM

Trick ! The pattern is very pleasing to the eye.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#12 posted 10-04-2012 03:14 AM

Thank you all for all the nice comments. Bob does have me hooked!

Mike, I don’t want to go through another knee operation either!!

This is not ordinary box store plywood… it is better than marine grade plywood. It is PSC Global Ultraflat maple plywood- The 3/4” is 13 ply and the 5/8” is 9 ply. It has top quality wood throughout- no voids at all.The glue is food safe and it costs $200 for a 5×5 sheet, I’m told
I was given some scraps and I’m trying to make the best of them. I used some for my router fixture for the lathe and I thought it would look nice when turned round as you see here. Doing this one gave me a lot more ides to use before it runs out!!

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

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#13 posted 10-04-2012 03:35 AM

Great pattern Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#14 posted 10-04-2012 03:36 AM

Jim, this is a real eye popper!! You are so talented as well!! Sorry, I didn’t know about the knee, hope you heal real good….

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#15 posted 10-04-2012 04:08 AM

Love it!!


-- Robin Renee'

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