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making a blank

So I want to glue up wood for a thicker bowl blank. My lathe can only make a 10" bowl, but I want it to be a little over 4" deep. My thought was to sandwich some 4/4 maple between 8/4 Jatoba... giving me a touch over 4", but giving me room to work. I have some Jatoba that is 9" wide so I could easily make two 9"x9" layers, but I don't have any 9" wide maple, so I would need to glue 2 boards together.

In terms of aesthetics, is this a large concern?

What if I didn't have 9" wide 8/4 wood? Can I glue up pieces to make the 9" width and have it look good?



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There are lots of ways to glue up wood to make larger bowls. Look at ringmaster videos on you tube to see one method. I don't have that tool but do it with a parting tool on the lathe to make the rings.
You can glue up segments to make rings that can be stacked. These are done by mitering the segments until form a ring.
To glue up flat segments you will always notice the glue joint. This is why you want to glue things up in some sort of decorative way.
Make sure your joints are tight.
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I'd put a contrasting stripe in between the two maple boards so the seams, which will most likely be at least slightly visible, are then highlighted as deliberate. Or do a simple cross with four smaller pieces and some contrast woods...

If you decide against this, it's still possible to just glue up the maple and have it look good. You just need to be careful with your jointing of the maple edges so you have as little seam as possible.
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I have a ringmaster, that thing is awesome. I have made quite a few bowls with it since I acquired it. I got it as a hand-me-down when my uncle decided to upgrade his lathe. He didn't want to let it go but it wouldn't fit on his new Powermatic lathe. The options are endless with it. It will take you as far as your imagination will. The one thing with it is you have to match the angle of the cut with the thickness of the stock or the rings will not line up when you are finished. I ran into this problem right after I got it.

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