Zig Zag Bowl #4

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Project by lizardhead posted 03-26-2012 06:26 PM 1679 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Why is it I can’t get my patience to align with my expectations when I do the segmented bowls. The angle of the smaller slashes were supposed to be opposite the large slashes. Nothing lines up right & the bottom joints are big enought to drive a truck though. I guess I’ll just have to go have more fun and make another one.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#1 posted 03-26-2012 06:51 PM

You have a lot more patience that I have, I haven’t attempted to make anything that complicated, and doubt that I ever will. What are you using to cut out your pieces. I think that part of the trick is to assemble a portion of the pieces together, like doing half of the bottom in one section and to the other half in a separate section. The you can cut or sand off what needs to be done to get a smooth fit. I am just learning by trial and error, so others may can give better advice.

Disregard the above comments. I looked at your other projects and you were just having a bad day.

Keep turning and don’t give up.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#2 posted 03-26-2012 06:54 PM

I think that was one of the problems in aligning the two bottom haves was when I sanded them to match they automatically misaligned

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#3 posted 03-26-2012 07:43 PM

Hey Lizardhead, I know what you mean in cutting segments. You just have to keep adjusting your cutting jig till it’s just about perfect. Look at Malcolm’s jig, it is my best tool. keep at it your bowl has a nice shape and finish. keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#4 posted 03-26-2012 08:13 PM

If at first you don’t suceed… give up…
Keep trying… more experience will lead to better work.
Your mis alignment was only on one part… and it is the bottom… the sides look fabulous.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 03-26-2012 08:19 PM

Sweet bowl, Dave.I promise to make a segmented bowl after you taught me how!!........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 03-26-2012 08:32 PM

Maybe thats why I would never attempt one of these turns, Bet it gave you a headache watching it spin :)
Great selection of timbers,
Come on, lets see the next one bet it’s better:: )))

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

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#7 posted 03-26-2012 08:58 PM

Just one of those days where nothing seems to go right! They all go left!

I tried 8 segments per ring and didn’t like it, tried 12, still didn’t like it. Now I’m using 16 segments per ring and it comes out much nicer and it is easier to work with. Have not tried it with more segments per ring yet. I have seen some bowls with 48 segments per ring, almost like too much work! One day I’ll that but not now. I will say that your works are very good looking!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 03-26-2012 10:41 PM

Your math is off, but it still looks very very good.

I would put it on display and not show anyone the bottom.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 03-26-2012 11:27 PM

Jay: Leave it up to an old guy like you to notice my math was off—I neglected to mention that one—Thanks for pointing it out—-insert raspberry here——
John: Malcolm uses a chop saw for his segments—I tried it his way and don’t care for that technique at all

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 12:49 PM

ah, lizardhead, it’s just part of the process of learning . You’ll get it. Just keep at it. thanks for sharing the piece & your problems. it gives everyone knowlege for their own tries.

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