Turning Laminate Bowls
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know how fascinating and rewarding bowl turning is, but turning
a solid block of wood into a bowl wastes a lot of stock. Lamination
is a simple technique that makes the best use of stock and
permits you to easily turn deeper bowls. Simply put, lamination
is the gluing and stacking of woods. Either way, laminating
offers a whole new facet to bowl turning.
started, here's a simple step-by-step procedure for an 8-in.
bowl. For safety's sake, read the instructions, turn the machine
off before making any adjustments, and wear a dust mask and
Selecting the wood. Use one type of wood such as cherry,
or alternate layers of light and dark woods such as maple
and walnut. Select woods with unique grain patterns and color.
Don't turn stock with cracks, knots and sap pockets, and do
not laminate softwoods to hardwoods.
Preparing the wood. To turn an 8-in. laminated bowl
use four pieces of wood. These four pieces of wood are cut
from three pieces of stock 8-in. x 8-in., 7-in. x 7-in., and
6-in. x 6-in.. All stock for this bowl is 3/4-in. thick and
should be surfaced on two sides to obtain smooth glue surfaces.
If you use a thickness planer, surface long stock and cut
it to length after planing.
Cutting the stock. Next, mark the stock for cutting. Using
a compass (see
Fig.1), draw two circles -- 8-in. diameter and 5-1/4 in.
diameter on the 8-in. square piece of stock. Then draw 7-in.
and 4 1/2-in. diameter circles on the 7-in. square piece,
and a 6-in. diameter circle on the 6-in. square piece of stock.
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a 1/4-in. diameter hole anywhere on the circumference of the
smaller circles on the 8-in. and 7-in. pieces of stock. Cut
each outside circle with a bandsaw or jigsaw then cut out
each inside circle with a jigsaw or saber saw (see
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to Steps 4-8