Segmented Thunderbird Urn

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Project by mainwoodworks posted 10-17-2013 01:40 PM 3724 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 1st try at Segmented Turning. The word is precision, all cuts must be exact and precise (11.25 Degree angles for the 16 segments per ring). There are 10 rings not counting the feature ring (Thunderbird ring). The Thunderbird ring is made up of purpleheart, curly maple, and walnut, glued together in 8 segments.
I had to make this ring over a second time, as the 1st was a flop.

All of the wood is left-overs from other projects. All in all this was a fun learning experience, and I may have been bitten by the bug.

The total time taken was over a month. Part of that time was building fixtures and adjusting them for the proper angles.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#1 posted 10-17-2013 02:17 PM

You did a great job for your 1st try at segmented turning.

-- Julian

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#2 posted 10-17-2013 03:02 PM

Very kool piece. Looks very tricky!! Great choice in woods!!


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 05:04 PM

Awesome job! Very impressive and absolutely love it. Thanks for sharing

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 10-17-2013 05:35 PM

Excellent work and a beautiful turning and finish too. The fact that it is your first makes it all the more impressive.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 10-17-2013 06:08 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 10-17-2013 07:19 PM

Very Nice!!

-- - Terry

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#7 posted 10-17-2013 08:15 PM

This is really outstanding. I have no idea how you make and glue-up the rings so precisely.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#8 posted 10-17-2013 09:38 PM

Thank you Guys for the kind words. This is not the first time to turn wood, but it is the first time to turn something made from segments of wood.

I forgot to give the dimensions of the piece. It is 9 1/2” tall and approx 9” in diameter. The finish is 3 coats of Danish Oil and 2 coats of Carnauba Wax.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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#9 posted 10-17-2013 10:59 PM

For a fist time at turning a segmented piece, that is pretty awesome!! Haven’t done myself yet, but hope to try some day. The curly maple really pops when you look at it at the right angle. Thanks for sharing.


P.S. I noticed you have a jet lathe, I have the mini right now and hope to up grade soon, how do you like yours!

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#10 posted 10-18-2013 02:38 AM

Beautiful job. I really like your take on the thunderbird.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 10-18-2013 04:22 AM

Very Nice Work/Project Indeed!! Thanks For Posting!

-- A Chip On The Shoulder Usually Indicates Wood Higher Up. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#12 posted 10-18-2013 10:22 AM

You did an awesome job for your first segmented project…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#13 posted 10-18-2013 11:32 AM

The only problems with the Jet is that the read-out (RPM) goes crazy ever so often. And I wish it had a spindle lock that I didn’t have to screw in or hold a button. I suppose that is to keep me from locking the spindle and turning on the lathe.

-- Measure twice, cut once, and hope for the best.

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