My first segmented vase (and other stuff)

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Project by trasner posted 09-04-2011 05:40 AM 3676 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t post often, but I browse pretty regularly to get new ideas. Lumberjocks in one of the best sites on the web for woodworking information and a great place for inspiration. Anyway, I figured I would post a few of the things I have been working on for the last month so that maybe somebody else can find something useful. None of the things here are overly original but I was happy with the final turnouts and the jigs all work!

The segmented vase was my first segmented vessel. I had been planning on making a segmented vessel for a while. I did quite a bit of research before starting because there are so many steps involved. The books by Malcolm Tibbetts and Dale Nish (with Ray Allen) were huge resources. The vase is bloodwood and Ash with a first generation lamination. It is 12 inches high and 8 inches wide. I used the bowl press (4th picture) for the glue up of rings. The contraption in the last picture is a ring centering jig. It works really well and the arms allow two rings to stay fixed in place for an initial glueup. The rings can be positioned and pressed together without sliding. Then they can be transferred to the bowl press.

The Third picture is a pictue of a Hickory bowl from a log I found on the side of the road. It is sitting on its other half. I turned it to about 1 inch in thickness, waxed it, then let it dry for 3 months. I then finished turning it. I used blue inlace for a decorative ring pattern.

The 5th picture is an ellipse jig. I just couldn’t justify spending $79-$250 for a souped up circle jig. I also found that most of the eclipse jigs on the market cut only big ellipses. It was actually very easy to make. It works really smooth and it will cut an ellipse as small as 12 inches (minor axis) by 15 inches (major axis) and the differential can be set up to 5 inches between the major and minor and axises.

Thanks for viewing,

-- Todd

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#1 posted 09-04-2011 06:08 AM

Nice job Todd!

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#2 posted 09-04-2011 03:09 PM

for a first segmented it’s very very good. great color & featureband laminated design.

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#3 posted 09-04-2011 03:29 PM

clever stuff. On a side note, you have an absolutely gorgeous kitchen…looks like something out of a design magazine.

-- 9 3/4 fingers remaining.

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#4 posted 09-04-2011 11:34 PM

Very nice work. But each of these deserves its own post!

BTW: After test drying a small piece of green Black Walnut in our brand new microwave, and stinking up the kitchen (my son says it smells like “pig poop”), my wife won’t let me bring unfinished wood into the kitchen anymore.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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