|Project by KCConst||posted 11-13-2014 03:00 AM||1009 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
This was my first segmented anything. I learned that cut accuracy is important. Color variation is more prominent if you alter segments in the same ring. Ring thickness can assist or hinder your project. I guess what I’m really saying is that you should really have a plan, preferably on paper like some of these programs offer. It would help by giving you time to think about other issues like segment alignment. I have done a few turnings but nothing nearly as complicated as this. And flying by the seat of your pants is not a good idea with something like this. So here’s what we have.
1- I decided to do rings with 10 segments. No special reason.
2- I laid out the basic shape I wanted to end with. (Not even close to the result)
3- I started cutting segments from various “scraps” I had laying around. I even used some of my end grain cutting board As a result I had thick and thin, grain mismatches, end grains, you name it. I glued them up anyway and have many of them for future reference. I glued 5 segment “half moons” then sanded two halves to match. I saw this trick somewhere (probably here on LJ so whoever showed that… Thanks)
4- I have the luxury of owning a metal lathe so after the glue had set i put them on the 3 jaw chuck and faced one side of each ring and started stacking them attempting to arrive at something that looked pleasant.
5- I figured out quickly that it was going to be very difficult to try to hog out the center of a deep vessel and since I was making a lid, I found myself having 3 sections. I actually made ” lids” for both outer sections and just glued the bottom one on permanently after I had completed the inner finish.
6- I think I only broke it twice while turning. And when I made the middle section, I loved the burly, crotchy, walnut grain so much I put the angled cut offs together to make something resembling a decanter cap.. It was then that I came up with an idea to use it as part of the lid. Problem was they didn’t all align well at the end. So next solution was to incorporate some cherry burl as a lower ring and matching upper ring/cap. Finally I decided to place the brass finial.
7. I watched a video of some turner using a wax while sanding so I tried that a little. Sort of messy and I just didn’t have much feel for the sanding. The idea was to keep the sanding dust down, but I have a good dust collector so Went from 80 to 220 grit then a final fine sanding with some scotchbrite green pads.
8 . Finished with a light coat of Watco natural and 2 coats of wax.
The vessel is about 8” wide and almost 16” high. The walls are about 1/4” thick in most areas. The lid is solid above the Maple band. (after I broke off two others).
-- "Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do" Wooden