Beginners segmented bowl

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Project by murch posted 05-22-2012 09:36 AM 2922 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fun at the lathe last w/end. I found a discarded fold-up table, that I think is oak. I cut up part of the legs and the following is my first shot at a, very basic, segmented bowl . It’s 2” tall and 4” o/d. There is plenty left to make another one. I don’t have a chop saw and I don’t really think I have the patience (or talent haha) to produce anything like the outstanding segmented work I see on here but I have an idea for a more ambitious project with the left overs.

pic 1 – the piece’s cut and sanded for gluing.
pic 2 – cut up, glued up and screwed up to the face plate.
pic 3 – outside and base turned to mount on the chuck.
pic 4 – getting there
pic 5 – sanded and waxed.
pic 6 – happy enough with that.

Thanks for looking. If you leave a comment, then thank’s in advance for taking the time.


-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#1 posted 05-22-2012 01:01 PM

Good work on this bowl Murch. It’s great to recycle old pieces of furniture etc. There’s a lot of discarded stuff with nice wood which would normally be burned up. Doing segmented work is a very good way to use it. It looks like you are really enjoying the work, and that’s what is all about.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 05-22-2012 01:12 PM

Very nice first bowl, now that you have started, it may be hard to stop. I started out real easy also, and am
now rebuilding an old Delta 8” saw just to use for cutting segments. It does not have to be great like Sam
Shakouri’s work, it just has to be fun and maybe a little challenging. Thank you for sharing and keep having
fun with your shed growing apprentice.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 04:04 PM

I’m beginning to wonder if it’s worth fitting my 7×12 metalwork for the occasional wood turning project.

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 04:17 PM

Stefan – You’re right, it is very satisfying to make something functional from scrap.

Gus – Ha-ha you have a good memory. Thanks for the comment and best of luck with that restore.

Mad William – I only recently got into wood turning. I’m mid 40’s and sorry I didn’t do it years ago.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#5 posted 05-23-2012 02:53 AM

I am looking to buy a low cost mini lathe to play with. I am thinking about a HF special. I really want to play with stuff like this. Any suggestions?

And really nice bowl murch. Gives me even more drive.

-- As long as our customers are happy, we have done a good job. Even if we are our own customer.

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#6 posted 05-23-2012 01:38 PM

Remedyman – click on the “reviews” tab above and check out the lathe / lathe accessories sections.
Lots of good info there. I have a “Sheppach” that I find to be excellent

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#7 posted 10-13-2013 10:37 PM


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