|Project by Steffen||posted 08-05-2007 06:54 AM||6786 views||0 times favorited||12 comments|
Well my fellow LJs here is my first segmented bowl being offered up to the alter.
It’s made from walnut and some wood the guy threw in when I bought my lathe tools off of Craigslist.com. He didn’t even know what it was but it was very very light and it had a wonderful grain pattern. However, when I put a finish on it the color darkened quite a bit.
I searched the internet for segmented bowl software and I downloaded a trial version of Woodturner Pro. It is amazingly simple and it prints a cut sheet for each segment.
As I don’t have a planer or a jointer yet I glued all of the mitered surfaces of each ring and wrapped them with several rubber bands. When they were dry, I mounted each ring to the jumbo jaws on my lathe and slowly turned each side flat. I say slowly because the jumbo jaws don’t hold onto a flat surface very well and though I didn’t have one come off, if it wasn’t for the tool rest they might have.
Once all the rings were flat I glued and stacked them then placed them under my drill press with a board on top and lowered the chuck as far as I could get it then tightened the stop collar. I came back the next day and had a really rough shape which ended up laying around my shop for a couple months. Right before I broke my shop down for the move I turned it into this finished shape.
Things I learned from this:
1. I need longer handles on my tools
2. I would like a planer and jointer
3. Test all unfamiliar woods for finish
4. inspect all wood very carefully for defects that might show up on the finished product (I wasn’t too concerned about this for this one because I was really just seeing how it all worked)
That’s pretty much it. I think I would have liked to turn the sides thinner but being my first segmented turning I didn’t care much.
For those of you who haven’t tried it, segmented turning is great. It’s a little “manufactured” looking but there is no end grain and the colors really stand out. It’s also a great way to get rid of more scrap around the shop. This piece was pretty much constructed of all scrap. The project also turns very fast due to the fact there is a heck of a lot less wood to hog out.
-- Steffen - Kirkland, WA