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Blog entry by Sam Shakouri posted 10-19-2011 02:12 PM 2104 reads 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I re-draw this plan today to send it as blog to anyone who may accept to have a go. It is a complicated laminated project but the result is rewarding. The Vase was the first of few of this kind which I call ” 8 ring vases or bowls. You can see them in my project pages as Closed Eight Link Chain Bowl, page 2 and The Twin, page 4. You may notice slight differences. In the first one, the rings were sitting on the top of each other. In the following vases the rings are inside each other making a closed chain around the vase.( another long story)
The plan of today is the easy one, where the rings leaning on each other.
Now, it is a bit hard for me to explain it in words, but I think if you were in a level of turning such difficult objects, you would understand my plan just by looking at it. It is a cross cut section of the vase or a bird eye view. You can change the size of your attepmted project by changing the length and width of the segments and keeping all the angles as they are.
I numbered the parts from 1 to 7 which are, in the same time, the number of the gluing steps you have to follow. So, from inside out, gluing steps are:
Step 1- glue parts 1, 2 and 3 in a long form and start cuting it at 67.5 degrees to 8 segments and glue them to form the first ring which is in fact three layer ring.
Step 2- glue part 4 only.
Step 3- glue part 5 and then part 6 and last part #7
For the thin parts #2 and 4 and 6, I used plywood.
GOOD LUCK everyone.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 10-19-2011 11:15 PM

I applaude your design skill Sam, I just can’t get my head around the cutting & assembly with your type of segmentation so I will continue to simply enjoy your work, thanks for the time taken to share your knowledge with everybody :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 10-19-2011 11:50 PM

Thanks for taking the time to put this together.
I don’t think I’m there yet, but maybe someday.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 10-20-2011 12:35 AM

Thanks for sharing Sam, hopefully will have a go at it but I am still battling to get my 15 degree angles to fit snuggly. Have printed a copy to study, would love to be successful with something as good as this.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 10-20-2011 12:56 AM

Boggles my mind… I can see how, when turned into a circle, the patterns are formed… which is Super COOL.

I’m hung up how the 67.5* angles fit into this planned circle… seems like I’m brain dead… LOL

Beautiful technique… You have to envision then resulting design after being cut into a circle.

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#5 posted 10-20-2011 10:56 AM

Sam, you’re a legend. It’s a great vase and a useful design sketch. Thanks.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#6 posted 10-20-2011 11:58 AM

Thanks for posting this Sam. I am going to print it out and give it some thought. Ideas are already starting to come to mind.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 10-23-2011 12:50 AM

I’ve tucked that one away for the future. Thanks Sam.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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