First Segmented Bowl

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Project by JJones98042 posted 04-15-2013 06:49 AM 1868 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a segmented bowl. It is made from a total of 74 pieces of Curly Maple and Walnut.

I relied software to generate the initial plans and cut-list since I had no idea what I was doing. Strips were cut using the table saw, then finished and normalized with a planer. The angled cuts were all made with my miter saw (after building a ZC fence and fine tuning the angle). The last pic shows the 6 rings glued up and ready to start stacking.

The finish is spray lacquer (my first time for that too). Unfortunately, the heat from the branding iron caused the inlaid maple medallion on the bottom to split (I guess it was too thin), but I’m going to claim that it provides character. :)

This was a REALLY fun project and I’m looking forward to doing quite a few more like it. My imagination is already reeling at the options and ideas for trying basic laminations, multi-generation laminations, thin veneers, and combining various species. Now if ONLY I had to the shop time to be able to keep up with my designs! :)

Anyway, thanks for looking!

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#1 posted 04-15-2013 08:50 AM

Nice tight glue-up. Great looking bowl.

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

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#2 posted 04-15-2013 12:47 PM

I would be very happy if that was my first attempt.
Well done, and thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 04-15-2013 02:44 PM

Thank you very much! Yes, I’m very pleased with how it came out!

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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#4 posted 04-15-2013 08:01 PM

Well done great looking bowl. Looking forward to seeing more segmented turnings from you.

-- “Enjoy what you do, or do something else!”

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#5 posted 04-16-2013 12:17 AM

Wow! That’s beautiful!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 04-16-2013 03:43 AM

Bowl looks great, nice work. Segmented turning can be addictive.

-- Tom D

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#7 posted 04-16-2013 07:06 AM

Very nice work. The colors and shape look great together.

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

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#8 posted 04-17-2013 04:35 PM

Lovely segmented bowl! Like the wood colors and the finish is flawless. Great turning!

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#9 posted 04-21-2013 04:53 PM

Beautiful, where did you get the software?

-- Margery

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#10 posted 04-21-2013 08:13 PM

I used the Segmented Project Planner software to plan the shape, dimensions and provide the cut-list.

-- "Keep thy airspeed up, lest the earth come from below and smite thee." - William Kershner

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