Segmented Thunderbird Urn

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Project by mainwoodworks posted 281 days ago 1068 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 281 days ago

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

-- Julian

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#2 posted 281 days ago

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


-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#3 posted 281 days ago

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

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 281 days ago

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 281 days ago

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 280 days ago

Very Nice!!

-- - Terry

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#7 posted 280 days ago

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

-- Allen, Colorado

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#8 posted 280 days ago

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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Paul Lajoie

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#9 posted 280 days ago

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 280 days ago

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

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 280 days ago

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

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#12 posted 280 days ago

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

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#13 posted 280 days ago

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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