Segmented Pot

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Project by rdwile posted 09-07-2012 09:43 AM 3151 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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An attempt at a segmented turning, this pot has over 60 pieces of wood in it. Made from cherry and ash, with ebony veneer feature strips, it stands about 6.5” high and the wall thickness is about 1/8”.

I always have lots of pieces left over from my projects and am reluctant to toss anything of any size into the burn bin. However, one cannot keep all the offcuts so I try to use them up, or re-purpose them as I go along. This piece is an example of this; where I will cut pieces up into segments and glue them into rings when I am cleaning up after a project, the offcuts from this go to the burn bin, and my segment ring collection grows.

When I have enough to turn a few projects, I run them through the thickness sander and glue them into stacks of two or three and start with a base and turn the rings to final thickness as I add them.For example I had several strips of 1×2” cherry offcuts and was able to make two pots from the same pieces, giving me nice grain and colour match. The ash was an offcut FROM the burn bin.

Segmented turning represents a way to make some nice things from relatively small amounts of wood.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 09-07-2012 11:43 AM

Very nice…
I love the veneer accent.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#2 posted 09-07-2012 05:59 PM

Very good looking piece!

Was the blank solid? I don’t do any turning so I am always intrigued about the blank making process and ow much is minimized to speed up the turning process.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#3 posted 09-07-2012 10:24 PM

This design is made from individual rings glued up as segments of 8 pieces each and built up like a layer cake – not much wasted material in this approach.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#4 posted 09-08-2012 02:36 AM

I’ve really got to get into doing this. How do you attach the piece to your lathe?

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 09-30-2012 07:08 PM

derosa, Matthias Wandel has an article and video about turning a segmented bowl that may answer your question:

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