Plywood Winged Box

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Project by Bob Collins posted 06-23-2013 07:37 AM 1893 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I used top quality marine plywood on this 7” square winged bowl 3 up and 1 down with the up wings turned inwards. The shaping up was done with the Dremel using various burrs. I hand sanded to plywood with
Abranet sheets with grit 80 to 600 and found it was excellent for plywood. Abranet I purchases from Rubber Chuckies (www.rubber and I also used a no nose rubber chuckie to hold the project while turning
the bottom and found it great as it didn’t leave any marks like the metal chuck. (pic 6)

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

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 06-23-2013 08:31 AM

At first look, I thought you had turned a space craft :) Then I found it was something from our planet. You have very good imagination, Bob. I like it and I may try it as soon as I have time. How long did it take you to do it?

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

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#2 posted 06-23-2013 08:47 AM

Not being a lathe owner, I must say, I have no idea of how you make such lovely pieces on a lathe

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 06-23-2013 09:42 AM

Very cool piece

-- Dreaming patterns

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#4 posted 06-23-2013 10:40 AM

I don’t know Bob….that first pic with the wing down sure looks like it needs an engine in it…..very Sci-Fi looking.
Another great bit of turning making plywood look good…really good looking…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#5 posted 06-23-2013 11:50 AM

G’day, Mate! Bob that came out just super!!!!!!! Those plies add character like the grain pattern of solid. I really like the detail on the underside. it looks like you have machined 16 “swoops” into the turned area. How did you do that? I looked again from the top and it looks like segments???
You’re a hard act to follow!!!!!!!!!!!! Very nice piece…......Cheers…........Jim

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

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 06-23-2013 12:47 PM

Sam, I worked off and on for about 3 days, not sure if plywood would hold together turning the wings, workied without a plan but as you said “imagination”. Jim, the bottom layer is a segmented ring but the wings were turned from laminated plywood. Confession to all – When hollowing I accidentally knocked about an inch of each wing when extracting the chisel, that’s when I got the idea to smooth the breaks at an angle so that I could glue them back on sloping inwards, once the glue was dry just a matter of touching up with the Dremel and some hand sanding with Abranet. Some of the pics show the grain difference on the tips. Thanks for the comments, much appreciated.

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

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#7 posted 06-23-2013 02:10 PM

Very Nice work Bob,
You got me “horn-swaggled” on that bottom though. On those 12 facets, is it an illusion that they are flat?
My weak mind is having trouble visualizing turned segments having that appearance.

-- Harry - Bonifay, FL

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#8 posted 06-23-2013 02:50 PM

It’s amazing to me to see what plywood can look like. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#9 posted 06-23-2013 08:31 PM

Very cool. On first glance ot does look like some Star Trek like space ship. That looks like a challenge to turn.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 06-24-2013 06:25 AM

Wow, that is wild! Bob it is good to know that other LJ’s share my philosophy: if a mistake happens; it was meant to be the beginning of something amazing. Some of my best work, came from a feeling of panic…dismay… regrouping….thinking out of the box… relief. Great job!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#11 posted 06-24-2013 06:53 AM

Amasing piece if work well done

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#12 posted 06-26-2013 01:05 PM

Great job Bob, I still cannot figure out how you made this. You are a true artist my friend!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Bob Collins

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#13 posted 07-08-2013 11:38 PM

Sorry but I gave the wrong site for the rubber chuckies, the correct site is, these are great products and are a great asset for all wood turning.

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

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