Segmented wood and acrylic?

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Forum topic by Micah Muzny posted 09-07-2013 02:37 AM 932 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Micah Muzny

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09-07-2013 02:37 AM

I have seen some very nice bowls that have stone inlays into them and I got my newbie mind wondering. Is it possible to make a segmented wood bowl made up of wood and acrylic pieces? Like a bowl that has a acrylic band going around it? Would it stay glued together? How would stain/finish work on it?

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#1 posted 09-07-2013 12:55 PM

I have seen turned projects that incorporate Corian with wood, but have never seen any with acrylic. I’m not sure what you would use to ‘glue’ it together … maybe epoxy?

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#2 posted 09-07-2013 05:21 PM

I have segmented many types of material together for pens. I have used CA, 15 minute epoxy, and gorilla glue. I have had mixed results, but I think I have had the best results with the epoxy. The only exception is when I use metal to separate the segs, then CA seems to work the best. Either way, the biggest enemy I have had with segmenting is heat from cutting tools.. Be careful when turning or drilling, go slow let it “rest” and not heat up.

I also let the epoxy sit overnight, even though it is 15 minute Epoxy, and clamp it securely. When doing segmenting, it never pays to hurry anything. Lord knows I have learned that the hard way.

I also learned from a penturner that did beautiful segmenting. He would stop when the pen was about 80% done, and flood the outside of the blank with thin CA. He let it sit up a couple of hours and finished turning it. He had many techniques like that, that he utilized for delicate turnings. I still aspire to do pens that were half as good as his.

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