Woodturning video...the 9" x 12" Segmented Vase

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Blog entry by Bob Simmons posted 06-22-2010 08:57 PM 3442 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Woodturning has taken its hold once again. In this video we are back at the wood lathe with our turning tools working on a new woodworking project, a segmented vase of 18 rings and 432 segments. You’ll see the woodturning process from the very beginning along with edited clips displaying the various wood gouges chosen to cut and shape this segmented vase of mahogany, cherry, maple, and walnut.

When the actual woodturning is completed we will break out the sandpaper and illustrate the sanding process and prepare for finishing the vase. Initially, Sealcoat shellac sealer is used on the vase (inside and out). Once the sanding sealer has dried it is then time for a light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper. Next the dust is removed and we are ready for an application of Arm-R-Seal satin finish. (numerous applications of the wipe on satin finish will be applied to the completed vase.)

(Note: all segmented wood has been glued with the same grain direction to allow for wood movement.)

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-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 04:57 PM

What a great video, I have no expirence at wood turning and have been thinking about taking a class at our local college. This looks fun! What was the purpose of having the shavings rub the bowl. I could guess buy your explanation would be more accurate.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 06:33 PM

Ken…Thanks! There is no experience required and you’re right…it is fun. Once you start breaking through the learning curve of woodturning you will find a sense of freedom. (You’ll know what I mean when you get there.)
Take the class…you’ll be glad you did. Continue to watch the videos of woodturning…you’ll learn a lot and come up with more questions. (I’ll be presenting more as well.)
What’s the purpose of the shavings being rubbed the vase prior to the finish?
In the video we go through various grits of sandpaper working from lower grit to higher grit (400). With each stage of the sanding process the vase becomes smoother, however each grit does leave some some “fuzz.”
The application of the wood shavings knocks down the “fuzz” and burnishes the vase creating a nice smooth surface. Now it is time for removing the dust, sealing the vase, and finally applying various coats of the finish.
Great question!

-- Bob Simmons, Las Vegas, NV,

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