A technique for segmented bowls

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Project by Bob #2 posted 11-13-2007 02:58 PM 28439 views 79 times favorited 92 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-13-2007 03:22 PM

Holy cow!! Bob, these are fantastic! I’ve never tried one of these but I’ve always been facinated by them. And these are some of the finest I’ve seen. Some of the ones I’ve seen looked too busy bu this one is just right. Way better than pottery in my book. Wow!!! Quite sequence blog as well. thanks for sharing.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#2 posted 11-13-2007 03:35 PM

Incredible! That is one fine turning Bob.

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dennis mitchell

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#3 posted 11-13-2007 03:51 PM

I’m impressed! Those are beautiful..caught my eye right off. Makes me want to run down and buy a lathe.

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#4 posted 11-13-2007 03:55 PM

1. you need to turn this into a book / video
2. unbelievable magnificent end result. Absolutely stunning.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 11-13-2007 04:01 PM


This is OUTSTANDING! I am impressed to say the least. Great work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 11-13-2007 04:10 PM

wonderful work Bob#2

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#7 posted 11-13-2007 04:32 PM

Bob! You sneaky parker! Where you been hiding this stuff! I rifled your shop! You’ve been holding out on me! You’ve also been reading my mind as the segmented stuff is where I’ve been wanting to take my turning. I think segmented turning is the marriage between precision fine woodworking, and creative woodturning. Thanks for the info! You salty dog you!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 11-13-2007 04:56 PM

Nothing to say, but incredible!!!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 11-13-2007 04:56 PM

Wow! Nice work! Thanks for the link to the tutorial! I added that one to my favorites.
Nice work on the shop-made sanders also!

-- Blessings, Steve. Upstate NY.

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Bob #2

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#10 posted 11-13-2007 04:57 PM

I will be starting another one soon using a Greek key as the feature ring.
This on will be a bit more tricky than the one shown as each key has to have a finished taper of 11.25° to fit and the shape of the key is such that a small error is noticeable.
More on this later.
I will try to blog this one as there are several “jigs” involved in getting the mating parts of each key tight and even.
If you guys have a hankering to build some of these I put my source URLs in the technique above.

Thanks for the encouragement .

Cheers Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 11-13-2007 05:13 PM

I can only say: Wowzer’s!


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#12 posted 11-13-2007 05:29 PM

Just great! I’ll be making time to come back to this one and read the tips you’ve offered.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

-- Gary, Florida

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 11-13-2007 05:33 PM

Bob, this is the best turning I have seen. We’ve been sandbagged! This going instantly in to favorites. This is what I will do when I grow up as a turner. Time may not be your friend, but you have used it to develop this amazing skill. Thanks for posting.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#14 posted 11-13-2007 05:58 PM

Great peice of work Bob!! I have not tried to do a diamond patteren yet but I am working up to it. A few years ago I built a thickness sander to flatten my rings using the parts from the same place that you got your. I have not been getting the results that I am looking for. At a woodworking show this past weekend I saw the open face sander demonstrated and I was told that this would work better. I started to rebuild my sander last night. I would welcome any suggestion you have on building this system.

-- Mike

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 11-13-2007 05:59 PM

Okay, back from the slide show.
So you glue up the base of the bowl with the press; mount and turn, then you glue up the assembled ring segments with the base continuously mounted. Is there a reason to not unscrew the faceplate and glue up everything with the press?
The ram from the tailstock works as well? This aids in concentricity?
It looks like you are using Titebond 3, or do you use some other adhesive?
Do you shoot the lacquer and rubout on the lathe of do you pad on dilute lacquer while mounted? How is the inside finished or is it left raw?
How do you turn off the faceplate block, with a reverse jam chuck and a parting tool?

I knew your posted machines and jigs had a reason for existence and now we know (part of) the rest of the story!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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