Seemed like a good idea at the time

Lee DeRaud

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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".
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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.
 

Lee DeRaud

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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.:p

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.
 

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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.
 

John Pollman

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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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Steve Clardy

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Very interesting. It's amazing all the things people find to turn. Saw something turned from a pinecone not too long ago.

Yep. Someone on smc was turning corncobs :eek: into pens.
They looked fantastic:)
 

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I really like it, Lee. I've always liked the way stripes transfer across a curved surface, and the ply makes an easy way to capitalize on that look. :thumb:
 

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cool stuff lee! i`ve seen some sculpture done with baltic over the years but these are the first turnings i`ve seen.....be interesting to play with the grain orientation during glue-up? bet you could come up with some really wild effects......tod
 
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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.


Huh? What are curls? :huh:

That is really cool, Lee. Could never tell it was plywood. I like Steve's idea. Why don't you try some osb for us:D .

George
 

Lee DeRaud

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I like Steve's idea. Why don't you try some osb for us:D .
You people are evil. :eek:

The scary part is, I'm thinking about it. The only problem is scale: the chunks in OSB are big enough that I think it would take a much larger piece for the "pattern" to work. Something in the 14-16" range (or even bigger) might be cool, but it's way out of reach of a Jet Mini.

(And no, I'm not going to buy a bigger lathe just to turn OSB. )
 
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