Segmented Vase

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Project by joefitz posted 10-06-2016 02:33 PM 320 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by a vase called “Butterfly Vase” that I saw on a Pinterest page that grabbed the pic from Segmented Woodturners. I don’t have a membership so I couldn’t actually visit that page to read the details.

The body is cherry. The wedges are walnut. The feature ring is maple with padauk wedges. The mouth and feature ring border are cocobolo.

There are 340 pieces in all, and it’s roughly 12 inches tall by 9 inches in diameter.

Lessons Learned
Things I learned that I would have done differently. I think I had a different, more advanced feature ring in mind at first, and I cut the pieces rectangular like dominoes rather than trapezoidal like all of the other rings. Then, I had to cut them into trapezoids when they were small which took more time and was more difficult.

I made a sled for the router table to run the rings over the V-groove bit and that worked pretty well, but there was some tear-out that I had to turn away.

Serendipitously, I was able to reverse chuck the piece with expanding jaws to finish the bottom… I had planned on just finishing it off of the lathe but this way was better.

I don’t know if there’s a better way, but after I made the rings I sanded them flat. Then, I cut the V-grooves and glued in the wedges. Then, I had to sand the tops again. This was time consuming.

This was my second segmented turning piece and was a gift for my sister’s 50th birthday.

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 05:21 PM

Wow! This is a great looking vase. This is a great design, well executed.

-- Barry,

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 05:32 PM

beautiful vase

-- bambi

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 05:50 PM

Great work, beautiful details and different wood details.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-06-2016 11:45 PM

Well done, love the wood choices

-- Norman

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#5 posted 10-07-2016 12:35 AM

Great job for your second segmented turning. The simple design has great visual appeal to me.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#6 posted 10-07-2016 02:50 PM

Looks great. I’ve got a similar piece that I have designed but have not yet started. Your process is basically the same that I intend to follow. This type of design is a bit time consuming but the end result is worth it.
Here is a picture of a similar design I found on line.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 10-07-2016 02:57 PM

Thanks for your comments, everyone. Here’s a pic of the one that inspired me.

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#8 posted 10-07-2016 03:02 PM

There’s another process you can follow to make triangular segments but in this process the triangles are the same height as the segmented ring in which they sit. This process was designed by Jerry Bennett (search him on YouTube). He describes how to make all the cuts on the table saw with a “wedgie” sled. Here is an example of a vase I made using Jerry’s process.

-- Julian

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