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Segmented Bowl - 1st Attempt

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Project by TheDane posted 01-02-2013 06:25 PM 2135 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at segmented turning.

First, my thanks to Bob Simmons ( http://www.theapprenticeandthejourneyman.com ... or … http://lumberjocks.com/daddymunster/blog/17845 ) for his help in getting me started and his patience answering my questions!

I used a software package ( WOODTurnerPro … http://woodturnerpro.com ) to calculate the cutting angles and dimensions for the staves and segments. The author of this software allows a 30-day trial period (no crippled features), after which you can purchase a license for $50.

The bowl measures 7 1/2” in diameter, and 2 3/4” high … bottom and vertical spacers are walnut, and the staves are maple.

In his video series, Bob Simmons does the cutting on a miter saw, which is probably the correct tool for the job. Unfortunately, my miter saw is a POC that is darned near impossible to set to anything that isn’t either 45 or 90 degrees, so I cut the stave segments on my cabinet saw using my Incra miter with a sacrificial MDF fence screwed to it, a Wixey angle gauge to set the bevel, and General digital bevel to set the Incra.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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a1Jim

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 06:30 PM

Wow Gerry ,you must be kidding about it being your first,this is a outstanding approach.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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stefang

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 06:39 PM

Great job on this Gerry. Looks great! I still have an unfinished stave bowl pretty similar to yours, but in Birch that keeps getting set aside. Maybe your post will inspire me to finish it soon. I too use Woodturner Pro. It’s a great program and it sure makes designing projects a whole lot easier. I use my sliding miter saw to cut segments, but I think it is just as easy and accurate to cut them on the table saw.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-02-2013 07:02 PM

Excellent job Gerry.

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 01-02-2013 07:25 PM

Gerry!

You did a Fantastic job on that bowl!

... all of those compound angles, etc.

SUPER JOB!

SUPER COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 01-02-2013 07:45 PM

Good looking bowl ! I wonder if the end grain in the glue joints will eventually give problems ?

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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TheDane

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#6 posted 01-02-2013 08:39 PM

Dwight—Good question! I used TiteBond I with masking tape on the joints per Bob Simmons’ video, so we’ll see how it holds up.

If you follow Bob’s videos, he uses PLENTY of glue, so I did too to avoid any glue-starved joints. I let everything cure overnight.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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CalgaryGeoff

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#7 posted 01-02-2013 09:52 PM

Great job and build. 3D pro software sure makes design easier than before it. Lloyd Johnson wrote it and its worth the cost IMO. Thanks for posting.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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RussellAP

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#8 posted 01-03-2013 12:36 AM

Do you have any pictures of it before you turned it? I always wonder about this kind of bowl, you don’t really need to have a solid block, you can just have the rough dimensions and turn off the excess.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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TheDane

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#9 posted 01-03-2013 01:52 AM

Sorry … no before pix. Maybe next time.

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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murch

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#10 posted 01-03-2013 09:03 AM

Nice one Gerry. Top class work by any standards.

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

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mondak

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#11 posted 01-03-2013 01:35 PM

When I first seen your bowl I said “what the”. Your bowl is beautiful.
My bowl is a dead ringer to yours, except mine is maple with redheart verticals for color.
I purchased a small booklet that you can do 3 sided all the way to 36 sided and any angle from straight up and down to laid out flat.

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sras

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#12 posted 01-04-2013 03:51 AM

Wonderful turning!!

I can only hope I do as well (whenever I finally get the nerve to try it ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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TheDane

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#13 posted 01-04-2013 03:59 AM

Watch Bob Simmons’ video series very carefully … there is a lot of good info in it.

RussellAP—Simmons’ video shows a bowl virtually identical to mine as it appears before turning … see: http://lumberjocks.com/daddymunster/blog/17845

—Gerry

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#14 posted 01-04-2013 08:03 AM

Outstanding work for first time.Thanks for inlay making links.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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