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Blog entry by poopiekat posted 1247 days ago 4356 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been studying segmented turning for a while. I have lots of small pieces of exotic lumber, a really good lathe, and seeking some out-of-the-ordinary projects less frequently seen. It was some You-Tube videos, a 90 yr old turner in North Carolina, who really made me conclude that this was something I could be doing! And so it began, two blocks of 10/4 maple, with a purpleheart filler. Next, some laminated beech, cherry and maple, and a pedestal made of salvaged yew from a neighbors trash pile, and a segmented QS oak base. Here goes: Photobucket
This is the bowl of the ummm vase? or urn? I planned to free-flow this project, letting it dictate to me what it wanted to be. Fabricating the ‘lip’ of the vessel was a bit challenging. Though I checked and rechecked the angle of my miter gauge, 12 segments with the tiniest whisper of angular errors means that gaps will occur as you glue the segments together. I discovered that the easiest way to compensate for angular misalignment was to assemble two equal halves, and butt-sand them flush to a planar 180 degrees. That way, all of the joints will be tight! Photobucket Here is the finished lip, ready for attaching to the urn: Photobucket Once dried, the edge of the lip was shaped: Photobucket Here’s the completed unit, getting its first coat of shellac. I finally found a use for that lazy susan hardware! Photobucket Finally, here’s the project, waiting for some sanding between coats of shellac. Photobucket Hope ya like it! Photobucket

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!



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Jack_T

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#1 posted 1247 days ago

Looks good for a first segmented bowl. What are the dimensions; its looks big.

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#2 posted 1247 days ago

Thanks, Jack_T! it is 10” across at the top, and 10 1/2 inches high. The oak base is about 6 inches in diameter.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Cliff De Witt

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#3 posted 1246 days ago

Looks great but somehow I expected a space ship.

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#4 posted 1246 days ago

Looks great.

A lathe is on my wishlist.

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#5 posted 1246 days ago

Very impressive first try at a segmented “thingy” or Bita bowl – a bita this and a bita that.
It is quite large, but it is well proportioned and the wood choices are nice.
You might want to have a segmented pestle in it for effect?

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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poopiekat

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#6 posted 1246 days ago

Thanks for all the kind words!
And you, Roger, how have you been? Hoping that you’re getting closer to the day when you’re once again just a blur in your workshop, knocking out projects at such a rate that other LJs start complaining about YOU ’flooding’ the project pages!! Yeah, as I said earlier, this was a non-directional project, I did not have any particular design, size or shape in mind. Now that I’ve got the geometry down, I’ll wait for the right inspiration to come along for the next piece. I’ve been referring to this as a concrete urn made of wood/vase/vessel. Now please, Roger, do not ask ”What’s a Greek Urn” because I’m not sure of European union pay scales! However, it does resemble a mortar, and come to think of it, it does resemble a concrete urn…mortar? Concrete? Heh! The Mortar and Pestle thing is the best idea yet! My next segmented piece I’d like to try is something smaller, say the size of a coffee mug, with zillions of small pieces. Though I may get tired of that quickly with my fingers brushing up against the side of the bandsaw blades. Has anyone ever made a segmented project that is waterproof? All the best, Roger!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#7 posted 1246 days ago

PK:
Actually your project got me thinking that one day I might have a go at attempting to make a segmented “whatever”, seems like a great use of leftovers.
I did consider the “Greek Urn” question – which by the way is 5 Drachmas.
Next week I intend to get to the shop and make something, I am now able to be on my feet for several hours at a time and my first task will be to find everything and get the place in order.
The coffee mug project you mention sounds like a good idea, and what about a set of egg cups?
And now to answer your question : “Has anyone ever made a segmented project that is waterproof?”——- yeah, it’s called a boat or ship. :-) Got to get my daily merriment in somewhere. lol

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#8 posted 1246 days ago

nice work, I have not gotten around to try segmented turnings but I do look for pieces like you show in the background of picture 5 and 6. This looks like it will be a very interesting piece when finished. I really try to find wood with multiple crotches either close together or in a row. Those give me the most headaches but when they turn out successfully, they are the most awesome. Good luck with your pieces.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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poopiekat

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#9 posted 1246 days ago

Thanks, Bearpie! It was late in the assembly stages of this project that I realized I could be cutting the next ‘tier’ of pieces, while one was glued up and curing, while yet another was glued to the work-in-process and clamped. So it is possible to have multiple steps in-process at the same time. It would take an eternity to get finished otherwise! I’m using ‘Lepage’s White Glue’ and it has an unbelievably fast tack time, pieces will not slide out of alignment after just a few moments of squeezing together with my fingers! It helps! That little aluminum angle jig makes setups easier too, and the glue does not stick to the aluminum plate. I want to experiment more with QS oak, there was continuity of the grain all around the base, just dumb luck, it was!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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