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Segmented Bowl - 1st Attempt

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Project by TheDane posted 469 days ago 1598 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 469 days ago

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 469 days ago

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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MShort

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#3 posted 469 days ago

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 469 days ago

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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MonteCristo

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#5 posted 469 days ago

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 469 days ago

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 469 days ago

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 468 days ago

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 468 days ago

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 468 days ago

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 468 days ago

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 467 days ago

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 467 days ago

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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majuvla

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#14 posted 467 days ago

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

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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