segmented turning, the center design ring

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Forum topic by augie posted 01-17-2010 09:27 PM 2113 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-17-2010 09:27 PM

I was wondering if some one could give me a little ok a lot of advice(help) on making up the center design ring for a segmented turning. I understand and know how to do the zig-zag, diamond and other geometric designs. My problem is with putting designs of eagles, bear, kokopelli, etc, but not in a geographic fashion.

Would one use a method similiar to a scroll saw inlay? or is there another method that would serve my purpose. Or do you have to keep the shapes geometric in order to complete this task. I will give you an example of what I’m looking for, Curt Theobald uses an eagle in one of his designs, which is fantastic and I’m sure it takes a considerable amout of work and patience. So how would a design like that be handled and be applied to what I want to accomplish.

I thank you all for any advice on this project I’m attempting.

Thanks again, Augie

-- Augie

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#1 posted 01-17-2010 10:10 PM

I haven’t turned a project with segmented shapes other then geometric…but it comes to me that there would be several ways to go… would be to shape a thin version of what you want to add…and use a rotary tool router to template it into the finished project (check into the Stewart MacDonald rotary router base) could make a thicker one also if you wanted to turn wiith that piece intact – always remembering that you will be removing a lot of the surface to get the project to round…..Another much more difficult method would be to cut your segments into the shapes and then use them as templates to cut a background piece for mounting….you would have to be mindful of the angles of the cuts required to make it round…..I have a good friend that carves reliefs into his turnings….like animals and faces….they are not inlaid but they are very beautiful. I am attempting to emulate his work (in my cruder fashion – as I do not possess the carving skills he does). And a final method would be to cut your shapes and glue them up in a strip or such…leaving the gaps open and turning an open segmented piece (thinking of this has made me note it down as something to try).....You can also inlay some crushed stone or metals in the shapes you want….I think there are as many ways to do this as you can dream up…hope that is a bit of what you wanted…

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#2 posted 01-18-2010 01:12 AM


Thanks for the reply, I think that will give me some more options, I just finished watching a video by Malcolm Tibbetts which spoke about the very thing I was adressing or close to it. So now I have several avenues to explore.

Thanks, Augie

-- Augie

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#3 posted 01-18-2010 10:02 AM

One of the things on my to-do list is a glue up that basicaly uses a repeating marquetry design in the center section. Do it up in 1/2 or 3/4 thick matterial then use a tapered spacer to get your glued up circle. Hope this helps. If you get it done let us know and maybe it will get moved closer to the top of the to-do list for me. haha



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#4 posted 01-19-2010 01:41 AM


Thanks that sounds like a good idea. I will give that a go.
Thanks again, Augie

-- Augie

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#5 posted 01-19-2010 08:09 PM

If you used segments that were staves you could scroll saw patterns into the staves. If you scroll sawed the staves at an angle with a piece of the same thickness on the bottom, The bottom piece would fit perfectly into the scrolled pattern. I know you are satisfied with the marquetry solution, but this gives you an alternative method. Good luck with you project. Sure would like to see it when finished.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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