First Seg Turning

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So I wanted to try a simple segmented turning. What was supposed to be simple ended up sitting for a year. Came off the plate once so I glued a tenon onto it. Then I found I really needed to learn how to sharpen tools better because it was just beating the crap out me. That and combining soft cedar with hard walnut made it tedious to play with, so it sat. Last week I was cleaning up and found it in a box. My tool sharpening had gotten much better so I decided to finish it.

It ended up being confiscated and used for rolls at Thanksgiving dinner.

Question, would more smaller segments and shallower depth help with something like this?


10” at top ring by about 8” tall

-- Don, -

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 07:13 PM

So much effort,but the result is here more than obvious. Excellent bowl! I like the combination of contrating types of woods.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 10:23 PM

hi very nice bowl and shape i like it very good for the first try

have you 8 pieces to a ring if so i would say it is easer with 12 or 16 or more
pieces to a ring is easer to turn also keep your rings to 1/2 a inch thick

and turn it in sections glue 3 or 4 rings on to start with turn them round on the inside
then add on some more rings and just keep reaping the proses till you have the required size
when you have the inside the shape you require then start to shape the out side you can use the
teal stalk with a piece of scrap wood placed on the top of the bowl to keep the bowl safe on the lath
hope this helps you with your next bowl if you need more help please let me know and i will try and help

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 12:34 AM

Your bowl turned out great Don. I can see why it was used right away.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 01:30 AM

Thanks all.

Branch, having looked at your projects, your advice is worth it’s weight in gold. Work it in sections with smaller pieces! That just makes too much sense. I’m encouraged to try again and wont hesitate to ask questions. Thanks

-- Don, -

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#5 posted 12-01-2015 07:22 AM

Your bowl looks so much better than my first attempt. From your pic it looks like you turned end grain. If that is true that is what could of made this harder to turn. Yes, sharp tools make a big difference.

good looking piece.

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 11:44 AM

sharp tools is very important. I also agree with Branch that using 12 segment rings is perhaps easier.
Type of wood used is also an issue. Cedar is quite soft, and will tear out very easy. It’s not that is can not be used, but I does create some problems that new turners will pull their hair out over. Walnut is very nice wood to work with; IMO. But it will bleed over into lighter colour wood when sanding. Just another thing to think of.

For a first attempt, it turned out very good. I would also recommend you read some of Malcolm Tibbetts books. (The Tahoe Turner)

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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240 posts in 528 days

#7 posted 12-01-2015 02:11 PM

End grain and tear out were issues. Lots of sanding which I hate worse than anything. Thanks for the link. Christmas is coming and books are my favorite gifts to get, next to tools of course.

-- Don, -

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 12-01-2015 09:55 PM

Don, this your first? Methinks you hyperbolate. Be that as it may, it’s lovely. Truly lovely. It is a glorious day, when one finds that he has finally achieved a keen edge on a tool, innit? I was reading Hugo, above, and started thinking about translating for you. I guess I don’t need to. I find it helps to read him out loud, with an Irish brogue. I love it. (“Teal stalk?) We communicate in so many wonderful ways – some more phonetic than others. LJs is truly one of my happy places. Hugo, you’re one of my more Beloved Buddies. I’m not making fun. Just having some.

-- Mark

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