Segmented Salad Bowl - My 2nd Turning Project

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Project by BrentH posted 08-05-2015 06:08 PM 1763 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m kind of posting my way back in time through my projects since discovering Lumberjocks. Fortunately, I’m a novice woodturner, so it’s a short list.

After finishing my first ever wood turning project (a segmented bowl), and then building a drum sander to uniformly sand the rings for the bowl projects to follow, I felt I was ready to take on something a little bigger in size for my second wood turning project.

This bowl had 6 rings, or 7 total layers including the bottom. I made the rings differing thicknesses—3 were 1/4” thick, the other 3 nearly 3/4”.

The three thinner layers were also designed so as to have alternating light-dark wood segments, made from maple and cherry. Originally, the idea was to stack these rings together and stagger them so as to create a step-like pattern with the light-dark combinations.

In practice, the contrast in the wood segments of the thin rings just wasn’t enough to create the effect I’d hoped for, so I ended up placing the thin rings in among the thicker ones, while still forming something of a staggered pattern.

It turned out OK, however.

Things I learned from this project:

#1) In order for patterns to really show, the different woods needs to have a high level of contrast. Duh!

#2) Cutting inside the bowl where the side meets the bowl bottom was tricky, as it was nearly a right angle. I probably needed a different tool to make that cut, although not sure what. A narrow bowl gouge finally worked, but not perfectly.

#3) Taking a hint from others, I decided to “autograph” my work, so I made a branding iron and used it first on this unfinished bowl. Works great!—adds a personal touch.

#4) and most important… Wood turning is FUN!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 06:30 PM

one bowl more and you are addicted
very nice bowl to me

-- bambi

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Mark Wilson

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 08:22 PM

Outstanding work, Brent. By 2nd Turning Project, do you mean 2nd Segmented Turning Project, or 2nd period? If the latter, you’ve certainly dived right into the more sophisticated realms of turning. I’d been turning things for at least two years before I even got my brain wrapped around the concept of Segmented Turning. I think I speak for many when I say that it’s a scary thing that most turners need to ease into. You will excel at this.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 09:43 PM


A small radius thick scraper would have probably have done nicely in that corner.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 08-05-2015 10:11 PM

Wowie, wow, wow, wow! At first glance I thought it was a woven basket! And as you mentioned, just imagine what it would be if your layers had some darker woods in them. That thing looks fantastic!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#5 posted 08-05-2015 10:28 PM

Zagreb: Too late! In my case, it only took one.

Mark: Second ever. In fact, I haven’t done a non-segmented project yet. I do have some bowl blanks I cut from a walnut tree drying in my garage, but they aren’t looking all that promising. I do have good intentions, though.

I like the challenge and the math of creating designs using segments. Maybe that makes me weird. My mind has been working on my next idea for a while now, but it hasn’t finished yet. I have some beautiful Brazilian Walnut that keeps nagging me to find its potential.

Lew: I was hoping someone would suggest an answer for that. I’ll look into it. Like I said in a previous post : “I soon learned that buying a lathe was the easiest part – and just the beginning – of “tooling up” for wood turning.”

Joe: Thanks!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#6 posted 08-05-2015 11:29 PM

Nice job. You are having so much fun you will soon forget about being retired. After retiring I just did my woodworking and then decided I needed more to keep me busy. Got a 30 hour job and stayed with it over two years. Found I did not have enough time for woodworking so I quit and now spend an average of 7 or 8 hours a day just making stuff I want to. Keep showing the projects.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 08-06-2015 01:01 AM

You’re on a roll now Brent, great result for #2.
Just loved your comment “woodturning is fun” bet #3 is already planed :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 08-06-2015 01:39 PM

Very nice job. I say that cause I made one a couple weeks ago for a wedding gift. They look like they were made from the same glue up. Cool!

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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