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    Hey all,

    had one of these down @ the so-cal camp. Bowl made from 3 laminated scraps of bamboo plywood. 18" dia., 5 paths, 1/2 straight bit, 1/8 downspiral, and 1.5" core box. about an hour and a half cut time. 2 sided machining with cut3D and Vcarve. The cool thing is that all of the lines and circles are a direct result of the way the material is made in conjunction with the curve of the cut.

    anyway, I brought one of them up to give the supplier (www.calibamboo.com I have had nothing but great service and a good relationship with them as a customer [otherwise no affiliation])

    they shot me back some professional photos they had taken.

    thought I'd share.

    Chris
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    I like it

    Will keep in mind the laminated plywood.....nice affect!

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    Looks great! Did you have to do a lot of sanding?

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    I love that bowl!!!

    Did you glue up the 3 pieces of bamboo plywood? were they the 3/4 plywood from the company you mentioned and can the plywood be ordered in small quantities from them? I would really like to give it a shot. That one of the nicest bowls I have seem done on a CNC.

    Mark

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    Chris, that is a very beautiful bowl! The design, finish and over-all effect is really quite pleasing.

    I have experimented with V-carving some bamboo flooring, and was really positively impressed with how well it machined! I'll have to check and see if there are any bamboo sources in my area.

    Thanks for posting, Chuck
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    chris,
    nice bowl........everything you do is top notch. For once i'd like to see you make something "amateurish" and not so professional. You make us all look bad! another good job!
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    to answer;

    Paul - a bit. It kind of depends on how long you want to tie up your table. I used a relatively high stepover to keep the cut time shorter. but more sanding. If you bring the stepover down, very little is needed, the material cuts beautifully.

    Mark - yup, it is just 3 squares of the 3/4 glued up face to face (while trying to match the grain lines as best I could) as re: calibamboo, they are local to me so I just go pick up what I need from their warehouse. They have a 2 sheet minimum I believe, be warned the stuff is --heavy-- if you need it shipped, but they really are super friendly. just call em up. They do deal with large construction jobs, but I have never felt neglected as a "small timer"
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    Chris-- After looking at the calibamboo.com site I see about 7 different types of bamboo 3/4 plywood. Does is matter which one I use? Which one did you use for the bowl?

    thanks,
    Mark

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    Very nice bowl.. I like the pattern on the outer circle.

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    Mark, I used the carbonized vertical 3/4, but any would work, just depends on the effect you want.
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