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Turning plywood - a vase

Postby selectortone » 29 Sep 2019, 14:00

Our competition this month at my woodturning club was to make something out of plywood.

I've never done this before, but we had a very informative demo from one of our senior turners and it intrigued me enough to have a go. One thing I have going for me is that, if they teach you one thing at luthiery school, it's how to glue lots of little fiddly bits of wood together!

So: you start with a lot of this:

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Cut it up, mitre it to bits and glue it all back together again:

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Some more glueing up, then turn the bottom half of the vase bowl:

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Then the top half:

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Glue them together:

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Glue some more for a neck (offset to get a 45deg angle):

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Turn the neck (sorry, no pic) and then glue that on and turn to the finished article:

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Slap on some paste wax, and voila:

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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Malc2098 » 29 Sep 2019, 14:04

Really nice.

I've got a couple of lamp bases bought from a charity shop of similar style.
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Woodster » 29 Sep 2019, 16:21

And a worthy winner of the competition. ;)

Oh, and Titebond would be proud of you as well! :lol:
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby DaveL » 29 Sep 2019, 16:46

Yes very nice, you have some good plywood there.
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Andyp » 29 Sep 2019, 17:36

Clever. And I guess that is not B&Poo off the shelf plywood, ie I see no voids. Do let us know how you got on in the comp.
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby selectortone » 29 Sep 2019, 18:12

Andyp wrote:I guess that is not B&Poo off the shelf plywood, ie I see no voids.


Actually it is - or similar quality. Definitely not marine or birch ply anyway. I bought a couple of 8 x 4 sheets of 18mm from my local builders merchant a few years ago when I was building benches for my workshop. The offcuts have been hanging around in there ever since, along with some 12mm that actually was from B&Q. Another useful thing they teach you at luthier school is grain filling. Rustins grain filler is your friend there.
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Dalboy » 29 Sep 2019, 19:32

Well done hope it does well.

The only thing for me is the top half of the round section It would look better if it mirrored the bottom and then have the neck as you have done. It just looks too fussy with all the different directions of the ply.

That still does not distract from the good glue-ups with no gaps and the shape of the whole is very pleasing as well as the finish looks good from the photo
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Rod » 29 Sep 2019, 23:51

Very clever

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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby paulrees1 » 30 Sep 2019, 10:39

Brilliant


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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Woodbloke » 30 Sep 2019, 12:42

Very clever. Andy Pickard over in Devizes does a lot of segmented turned stuff; quite an art to get all the segments in exactly the right place - Rob
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Mike G » 30 Sep 2019, 14:02

No mention of a hole up the middle, so I'm calling this for what it is: a mallet. :)
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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

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Re: Turning plywood - a vase

Postby Mike G » 01 Oct 2019, 10:26

:lol: :lol: Oh OK.....a hollow mallet. Filled with sand, that could be quite effective.
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