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Project by twirlygirl posted 08-27-2014 07:40 PM 711 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 3rd attempt at segmenting. I love to play with the different types of wood. This one is Walnut and ambrosia maple. it is about 8” in diameter and 4” tall. It is finished with one coat of wet-sanded shellac and then 2 coats of 50/50 mineral spirits & gloss poly. then one final coat of poly.

I am extremely happy with the way this one turned out. The colors are much richer in real life than in the pictures.

On to my next one…

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Bill Duane Brooks

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 07:59 PM

Looks like a good accomplishment. I particularly like the shape of the sides, the subtle curve. I do love working with ambrosia maple.

-- duane

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#2 posted 08-28-2014 03:16 AM

Very nice TG. I’m just starting the segmented bowl thing and I like seeing what others are doing.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-28-2014 08:17 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Great job. Love the grain of the woods, and the contrast

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 08-28-2014 03:55 PM

Wow! That contrast and finish is outrageous! I haven’t turned a segmented bowl, you’ve inspired me to try it.

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Richard Alexander

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 04:36 PM

Great looking bowl. I’m curious about your choice of finsih. Why shellac under the poly mix, and why do a 50/50 mix? (I’m not questioning your choice; I’m just new at paying attention to finishes.)

-- Richard- Tulsa, Oklahoma

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 08:12 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. I am sooo loving my new hobby!

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#7 posted 08-28-2014 08:18 PM

Great looking bowl. I m curious about your choice of finsih. Why shellac under the poly mix, and why do a 50/50 mix? (I m not questioning your choice; I m just new at paying attention to finishes.)

- Richard Alexander

Richard – I too am just learning – especially finishing. I attended a demonstration on finishing and this is what I got out of it: The shellac is wet sanded so that it fills the holes/pores. Then I diluted the poly because I found it really difficult to apply straight Poly on the bowl shape with out leaving ridges – at least the first few coats.
If you have a different trick/tip please let me know – I would love to learn some different techniques.

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#8 posted 08-29-2014 09:45 AM

I like those various wood colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#9 posted 09-08-2014 03:11 AM

Real nice bowl. I take it you did the finishing with the bowl off the lathe? Did you ever try finishing with it spinning? There is a product called EEE which is a play on words for Tripoli. It is a paste that bring the finish up to about 1600 if you have already sanded to 400. Then you can use Shellawax which is a shellac based finish. It can be lacquered over if need be.

I do like the process you used. I have done that before but used naphtha for thinning the poly.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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