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Project by Bearpie posted 09-22-2011 03:42 AM 1371 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Beech and Padauk Segmented Vase, 7” D x 9” H, Wipe on Poly- 374 pieces

I finished this one today, just in time for the last minute show this Saturday. I really had fun working on this one and learned a few things. It is really critical to get your layers flat or the lines start to wiggle when you turn. Not noticeable when it is sitting on the shelf but each one that is off throws the next layer further and further off kilter. I don’t have a drum sander yet so I have to do the best I can for now and live with it. The “box” layer at the top, I should have glued a thin piece of Padauk with the top of that layer instead of it being part of a separate ring because then when I put the vertical segment between that ring the “box” would have been perfect whereas now the top staggers a bit here and there. Live and learn and plan your layers better. This project took me a week to plan, cut, glue, sand, cut and glue again and again. Wait for glue to dry, sand again re-position, rearrange, partially turn the inside, sand smooth, final glue up, turn again, sand, stand back and admire, call the Lil’lady and get her reaction, all smiles, hug and kiss, polish the vase and apply Poly, SEE it” POP”, call the wife again, ooh and aah over it, hug and kiss again, high five, put more coats of poly on over next few days, finally today it is officially done, wax it, polish it, buff it, take pictures and post it to LJ!

I am definitely going to be doing more of these. Once my confidence level rises a bit more, I’ll start making it more complicated. This is definitely a challenging project as I am also learning as I go. Hopefully I don’t forget too much during the next build.

This is also the first time I have worked with Beech wood and I really like it and I prefer this over maple as it has a warmer tone to it and is very easy to work with.

Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 09-22-2011 03:52 AM

I have been doing segmented work for a short while now and learn from each of them and try and improve upon it on the next project. I have not tried turning beech yet but it does a nice tone to it as you point out. Look forward to more segmented work from you.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 09-22-2011 04:28 AM

You have patience in spades my friend, and pieces! more than days in the year. How could it be more complicated? Wood-turners like yourself continue to amaze me. Super stuff.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 09-22-2011 05:07 AM

Erwin, you are “turning” in to a segmented wizard !

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 09-22-2011 05:33 AM

Erwin, I think you have been Caught by the segmented bug alright, I aplaude you guys cutting all thoes pieces & reassembling them before you start turning, a bit tooo complex for my brain these days.
These to timbers work well together, well done & you have even managed to please “her indoors” as a bonus : )))

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

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#5 posted 09-22-2011 09:05 AM

After a 374 piece segmented turning and you say in the future your going to make them more complicated!!! Holy mackerel Bearpie,,, As if 374 tiny little pieces to be cut, glued, sanded, glued, turned, all while keeping the pattern straight isn’t complicated enough!! I would hate to see your idea of an easy piddle around the shop project!!! Great work, you definitely have a load of patients. Thanks for sharing

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 09-22-2011 01:42 PM

Beautiful work, Erwin! It looks simply lovely! You are really taking to this process like a duck to water. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 09-22-2011 07:51 PM

Nice turning, Erwin. Good strong contrast in the colours and an interesting shape.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 09-24-2011 01:22 AM

Wow Erwin too many pieces. Well done.

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