Woodturning...a Segmented Vase of Walnut and Maple #1: Part 1...the transition at 800 rpm

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 06-15-2010 10:13 PM 9430 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Perhaps the object pictured above looks a bit like a wooden pineapple, but trust me it will look a whole lot different as you will soon see. There are 14 rings to this vase and a total of 416 segments that are fit and glued together using Titebond 2 yellow glue.

If the vase is going to hold water as well as flowers then an opening is necessary. As you can see a 1-7/8” forstner bit is being used to drill out an opening to allow for a glass vial to be inserted.

The vase measures 5-1/2” x 9”. It’s been through a lot lately as it’s been spinning at 800 rpm and being shaped by turning gouges during the previous 20 minutes. Here you see it resting on the bed of the lathe as it catches its breath and awaits the sanding stage.

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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#1 posted 06-15-2010 10:56 PM

Wow! thanks for sharing. It looks really good.

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#2 posted 06-16-2010 11:56 AM

I’ve done a ton of segmenting, and have never seen your “hollowing” technique” Most of us lay up a few rings and clean up the inside, lay up a few more, turn, etc. This is a cross between weed pot methods & segmented vase methods..interesting.

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#3 posted 06-16-2010 04:38 PM

Lanwater…Thanks! Glad you like it.

Michelletwo…This is an excellent point that you raise. If you use this technique of hollowing with a forstner bit make sure to turn the lathe at a slow speed. I t is demonstrated on the follow-up video that accompanies this article.

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#4 posted 06-16-2010 05:08 PM

Very cool turning a unique and beautiful vessel

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#5 posted 06-16-2010 10:44 PM

Much appreciated Jim!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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