BowlTurningTips.Com
Welcome to another FREE Woodworking Resource sponsored by your fellow
woodworkers at Shopsmith
Complete the short Request Form at right and we'll send you a FREE Fact Kit which includes a half-hour TV Show, "Sawdust Therapy" that is fun and entertaining to watch.
  
The Fact Kit explains the amazing story about the famous and affordable MARK V 5-Tools-In-1 Complete Home Woodworking System that packs the five most needed woodworking tools into a single, easy-to-use machine. 
  
The best part is that if you have space for a bicycle - you have room for a MARK V.

Learn the real story of why over a million folks just like you own a
Shopsmith MARK V.

Send For Your FREE Woodworking Fact Kit and "Sawdust Therapy" TV Show.

First Name*:
Last Name*:
Street Address*:
 
City*:
State*:
Zip*:
Country*:

USA Canada
Other

E-mail Address*:



TURNING LAMINATE BOWLS
Steps 1-3
Steps 4-8

Turning Laminate Bowls


You 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.

To get 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 eye protection.

Step 1:
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.

Step 2:
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.

Step 3:
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.

Click image for larger view.
Fig. 1 Click image for larger view.

Drill 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 Fig. 2).

Click image for larger view.
Fig. 2 Click image for larger view.

Continue to Steps 4-8

  2009 Shopsmith Inc. All rights reserved.