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In this instructable, I'll show you how I built a twisted vase (or pedestal) from multiplex (plywood) boards.

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Step 1: What you need

Multiplex boards (I had some scrap boards, all of the same thickness)
Saw (I suggest a circular table saw, for precise repeatable cuts)
cardboard for template.
some scrap wood.
baking paper (or anything else to separate wood while gluing).
belt sander (Use a fresh sanding belt!)
Sandpaper or sanding machine to sand concave forms

Step 2: Design phase

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I wanted the vase to be about 36cm tall, and 16cm in diameter with a half revelation.
I had 2.3cm thick multiplex board, therefore I needed 16layers. each layer is made up of a frame of 4 pieces of multiplex strips (makes 60 strips + 1 baseplate).
I wanted a maximum wall thickness of about 2.5cm (as you remove quite a lot of material to round it, you should make the wall thickness about equal the board thickness).
So I had to cut strips of 2.5cm x 13.5cm. and a base plate of 16cm x 16cm.
As I wanted to have a half revelation each layer had to be rotated by about 11.2 degrees.
To easily measure this rotation while stacking up the layers I built a template of card board that had 2 crosses on it. The second cross is rotated by 11.2 degrees from the first one. I made short cuts in the end of the crosses. When i put the template on each frame and make marks on each frame i can easily align the marks and create a smooth revelation.
shazni2 years ago
oh...i shall one day try both your lather and tools but i think an angle grinder with a sanding pad should do it!
your stuff are beautiful!!!!
derwassi (author)  shazni2 years ago
An angle grinder might work even better than a belt sander, I just didn't have one.
They are really fun to make.
useraaaaa2 years ago
how do you sand inside surface
derwassi (author)  useraaaaa2 years ago
I didn't;-) it was originally planned as pedestal. Therefore it would have been upside down, but you barely see inside when using it as a vase, too.
Wow! Very nice. Great use for scrap, I'll have to apply this method sometime.
ChrysN2 years ago
Kiteman2 years ago
That looks really nice.

Did you lacquer / oil the inside as well?

derwassi (author)  Kiteman2 years ago
I didn't lacquer/oil it on the inside. It is only used for dry or artificial flowers.
There're also still steps on the inside as it is not sanded there. So it would be quite a pain to paint it on the inside...
Or you could just pour in the lacquer/oil and turn it around slowly until everything is covered.