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    Turning Plywood

    This is my first attempt at turning plywood and I had a problem will some of the layers pulling fiber instead of cutting and I was using a sharp tool. Has anyone else had this issue? Are there any tips that would help stop this from happening?
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    Hey Jim,
    Looks like you cut squares, glued them into a stack and that was your blank. You are braver than I am sir! Since the plys are so thin, some tear out is expected. Maybe change your cut to a shear and since it's all end grain, get a good burr on that scaper.
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    Turning Plywood

    For one thing you can't turn CHEAP grade plywood with any success., You should use a good furniture grade plywood,because the cheap stuff is not glued up very well and is full of voids.I have never turned it,but have seen many very nice pieces turned from it.good luck.
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    That came out looking cool, Jim. I'm assuming you dyed the outside. Is that correct?

    I think the tearout problem you're seeing would be helped with careful tool presentation (shearing cuts for the final few passes) and very sharp tools.
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    Thanks. Yes, I used a dark blue dye and then sanded it with some 400 grit. It's Baltic Birch Plywood top grade.
    Last edited by Jim Krager; 04-26-2011 at 09:14 PM.

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    Can't help, but can compliment...Very nice!
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    Much nicer than I would have imagined. Good job and I love the dye!

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    I have turned a couple of plywood bowls and you have to be fairly careful. That one turned out nice especially with the color.
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    Very nice!! Were you by chance using a carbide tool like a Ci1??
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    Turning Plywood

    Don't see how in the devil I missed the pic but anyway it is a beautifull piece.Like I said in my 1st reply on this,the cheap grade ply has way to many voids and air pockets to turn decent pieces from,but you did great with the birch
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