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    Seemed like a good idea at the time

    If I'm not mistaken, there are some name-brand turners doing this, so don't laugh too hard.
    Bowl is 5-1/2"x3", candle holder is 5-1/2"x2-3/4".
    Attachment 757Attachment 758Attachment 759
    Yup, it's baltic birch plywood, 15mm (a tick under 5/8") times nine layers. Interesting stuff to work with: turns very nicely...if you ignore that fact that all you get is dust, no curls, not even many visible chips.
    Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

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    That is realy something, would you mind sharing how you did the glue up.
    I like it.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    looks nice Lee

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    WOW, Lee, that is really something. Very, very nice (and ingenious).
    Thanks, Mark.

    Custom Bonehead.

    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

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    I had to post twice after looking at them again.

    Lee, those are just fantastic!
    Thanks, Mark.

    Custom Bonehead.

    My diet is working good. I'm down to needing just one chair now.

    "Just think how stupid the average person is, and then realize that half of them are even stupider!" --George Carlin

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    That is realy something, would you mind sharing how you did the glue up.
    Brute force and massive ignorance, same as everything else I do.

    Short answer: I had a bunch of those 22"x22" squares from Rockler and a bottle of Titebond III.

    Long answer: Ripped some 3"x22" strips on the table saw and glued them up in groups of three...at that point I decided on "9" as the magic number (which determined the width/diameter of the blank), chopped them into 5-1/2" long chunks, and glued them up three at a time. (Probably could have done the glue-up in one pass, but I wasn't sure what dimensions I was going for when I started.)

    Rough-round on the bandsaw and scrape enough glue off to get a flat spot to screw in a 2" faceplate. After that, it's just like any other wood...except that "grain direction" is a bit, um, ambiguous.

    I did discover on the first one that my normal method of using thick CA to glue on a "chuck disk" doesn't work with this stuff...ended up using epoxy, which is a hassle. For the candle holder I just turned a regular tenon in the plywood. Next time I'll just make the blanks a little thicker to account for that.
    Where are we going? And what am I doing in this handbasket?

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    Looks awful nice Lee, maybe you could try o.s.b. next and see how that turns for ya.

    It is hard to believe that such a beautiful job was accomplished using plywood.
    A very wise man once said.......
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    That is a cool look Lee. Nice looking pieces.

    Corey

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    That looks SWEET!

    Boy I tell ya, you turners are gonna get me in trouble! I've always loved the lathe but it's been a LONG time since I've used one. Seeing stuff like that makes me want to start turning. But right now business is so slow I've barely got a pot to pee in let alone finding money for a lathe. Oh well maybe when things pick up I'll have a new tool gloat to post here.

    Nice work Lee.

    John
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    Nice work! How did your tools hold up to the glue in the plywood? Did you have to resharpen more than usual?

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