Segmented Ring Object

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Project by Thuzmund posted 12-13-2013 05:48 AM 1505 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have you ever seen a segmented turning? Google Ray Allen and come back here (actually, you better google “Ray Allen segmented turning,” or you’ll get a basketball player).

I’m still very new to woodworking, so Ray Allen’s work appear like magic to me. Really, once things go circular, the logic defies my understanding very rapidly. Amazingly, in 2013, I can hop on Youtube and learn how these things are put together, follow along, and crack the code. What appreared to be magic was actually just sufficiently-advanced technology.

the primary object to build is just a segmented RING. The object looks complicated, but much of it can be accomplished if you can just build rings and turn them without exploding them. I’ve never thought to turn ANYTHING that’s glued together because common sense would suggest it would be a disaster. So I thought that one ring would be a “proof of concept.”

I watched many hours of videos and flipped through some books, and learned that there is a cheat that makes things so easy that everyone with a lathe should give this a try.

Simply build two half-rings (“arches”) first. Then, you can flatten the bottoms of those arches against a belt sander or even a piece of sandpaper. This ensures you get a snug, continuous ring.

Of course , I did manage to slop up the cuts as I prepared the segments so I did NOT actually end up with a flawless ring, but I flipped the pieces such that I got one side that looks good. But that’s just because I wasn’t being precise; I will get better at this with more practice.

On the plus side, I can practice on cut-offs that normally go to waste. On the BIG plus side, once we start gluing rings together, we can make bowls out of segments, which are common, vs. half-logs, which are uncommon (for me). It seems like a very efficient use of wood and this wasn’t really that hard—at least it can’t be if I did it, anyway :)

This little pine ring holds a lot of potential!

-- Here to learn

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#1 posted 12-13-2013 03:12 PM

Perfect glue joinery all the way around, good job Thuzmund.

And a belated welcome to Lumber Jocks.

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#2 posted 12-13-2013 05:14 PM

Yes, you can make a serving tray if you router it, will look nice

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#3 posted 12-14-2013 02:01 AM

You are on your way for that big project. Nice work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 12-14-2013 07:44 PM

Thanks guys, maybe I will give that serving tray idea a try—thanks for the feedback!

-- Here to learn

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