Laminated bowl

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Project by Bob Collins posted 1211 days ago 1281 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Oregon (Douglas Fir) which was from a beam salvaged from a 100y.o. house that was being demolished. The spacers (which I am told is Teak) is from the deck that was also from this house. I laminated the strips together and then cut the 12 segments using compound miter angle, then fitted the vertical spacers. Have found this easier than gluing 100 odd pieces together. Picture 3 shows that I need to take more care when doing the base, got the plug off centre, need a lesson Branch.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 1211 days ago

We learn from our mistakes. Everybody has them. They are the best lessons.
But inspite of that it looks nice bowl and good choice design.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#2 posted 1211 days ago

Interesting method of construction! My head usually explodes when I try to think of ways to incorporate compound angles into segmented assembly, glad to see someone has used the concept successfully! Nice work!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#3 posted 1211 days ago

Gorgeous. Reminds me of a spider web. That’s a compliment as I think webs are pretty. Don’t worry about the bottom, just put some pot pouri in it or something and no one will know. Or cut a thin laminate circle to cover it and make it look like it was meant to be. lol

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#4 posted 1211 days ago

hi bob you are making great segment turning s great looking bowl love the shape it has i nice flow to it and the douglas fir looks good is it not very soft //
we have douglas fir here in Ireland but it is very fast growing witch makes it so soft that you could mark it just by touching it with your nails it is to soft for turning .
i am no expert still have a lot to learn but what i think about the bottom being a little of center these things happen the are not easy to get right all the time i had to scrap a few for the same reason and make new ones just cut off the bottom make a new one and glue it on the bowl is worth the time you will spend putting on a new bottom i think the problem is that the segments are not all the same size when you are cutting them make sure that the are at less a 1/4 of a inch at the shortest part of the segment when you make up the ring you should have a hole in the center if the segments touch in the center when you glue them up the will swell and move // hope this helps branch
ps i am not running down your work bob just trying to help a fellow wood worker out if i can/// keep them coming

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#5 posted 1211 days ago

NIce to see someone sharing a small blooper Bob, we all have them but most of us dont like to admit.
sounds like your reward is some good advise from one of the Segmented masters.
That aside it has a nice symetrical look to it & a nice finish, well done “neighbour”

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

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 1210 days ago

Thanks for the comments and advice. Thanks Branch, will try your method, I’m was trying to get the perfect fit by cutting the bottom of the spacers at 15 degrees after they have been glued to the segment,
didn’t work, again. Hey, I know your not knocking my work, you have been a great help since I started
segmenting. The douglas fir (we call is oregon) is very tight ringed and great to work with, could have come out here on the sailing ships as the demolished house was built 120 odd years ago. G’day Pete, found it doesn’t hurt to show a blooper on here, great bunch of people who are always wiling to helkp.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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