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I picked up quite a bit of structural plywood (laminated timber) from a skip bin (dumpster). Instead of going to landfill, I decided to recycle it.

Step 1: The Wood

The dumped structural plywood is mainly off-cuts. I suspect it was used for making staircases, which is why there many triangles and other odd shapes. For this project I used one of the smaller pieces.

'Being structural plywood it's solid and has very few 'holes' you sometimes get in cheaper wood.

Step 2: Preparing the Wood for the Lathe

I marked a circle with a compass, and cut it with a drop saw close to the line to reduce the time spent at the lathe. A band saw may be better, but I don't have one.

Step 3: Truing and Making a Tenon

I mounted the plywood between centers on the lathe. Using a bowl gouge and a parting tool I smoothed the outside to circle, and created a tenon for mounting the blank in the chuck.

Step 4: Shaping

The bowl is chucked using the tenon. I shaped the outside and hollowed the bowl using a bowl gouge and a scraper.

Step 5: Sanding

Still mounted, I used sandpaper (gradual from 120 to 400 grit) to sand the inside and outside

Step 6: Shaping the Bottom

I reverse chucked the bowl using a jam chuck (made out of plywood of course) and using a parting tool I cleaned the bottom. The very last bit needs to sanded. The bottom is shaped with a ring on the outside and the inside is recessed a bit to ensure stability.

Step 7: Finishing

I used my own wood butter (bees wax and tung oil) to finish the bowl.

Step 8: Done

The bowl I made today is on the right, with another bowl I prepared earlier.

very cool. is it difficult to turn? I'm expecting it to be quite grabby on the tool and that the glue is quite hard.
Hi... Not really difficult to turn - I would classify it as medium hardness wood. Similar to Australian gum (eucalypt) which is what I turn most of the time. Just keep your tools sharp
<p>Great bowl turning project. </p>

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