Using a router to cut angles on segments for making bowls

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Forum topic by dirtycurty posted 01-30-2014 02:53 PM 1007 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-30-2014 02:53 PM

I know this would be an extra step in the already long process of making segmented bowls, but has anyone used a router to cut the angles on the segments? I am wondering if this extra step is worth it for a better more accurate cut and better gluing surface. I would use the proper angle router bit and mount the router in a table. I would then just cut the segments to length and run the ends through the router table to cut the angle. Just wondering if anyone has tried this and if there is a benefit to doing this like more accurate and tighter fitting joints as opposed to using a table saw or a miter saw?

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#1 posted 01-30-2014 03:04 PM

Hi Dc, I have a question for you… How are you going to hold those little 1” pieces with a 1/2” gap in a router fence? I’ve been through a router and it ain’t pretty…. Use your saw and a sander. It’s a whole lot safer…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 01-30-2014 03:35 PM

I don’t see how a router is going to make better, tighter cuts than you can make with a table or miter saw.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#3 posted 01-30-2014 03:52 PM

Thanks to both of you for your input.I don’t even own a router and never used one, I just have an Idea on how to use a router table from magazine articles and I have seen router bits in catalogs that cut 10,12 and 15 degree angles and my wheels started turning. just wanted to make sure I wasn’t missing out on a better way to make segmented bowls.

I currently use a 10” miter saw with a zero clearance table and fence with a Forest Chopmaster blade, I guess I will not get much better than this. I am not having any problems with this setup just always looking for ways to build a better mouse trap

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#4 posted 01-30-2014 04:12 PM

I don’t think a router is the way to go.your needing some type of saw,a table saw with a special sled or a band saw plus a disc sander,or use your current set up.

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#5 posted 01-30-2014 04:54 PM

I think it would be nearly impossible to do w/ a router and certainly more dangerous.

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#6 posted 02-11-2014 02:44 PM

Since, I make my living partially turning segmented bowls, I must wade in on this, as I absolutely agree with these fine gentlemen before me. You’d be nuts to try it. Instead, work at getting faster with the segmentation and you’ll be way ahead of everyone else.

If your an AAW member and are going to the National symposium in Phoenix, I’ll be doing a demonstration there that directly covers this subject….using manufacturing techniques in segmented woodturning. It can be done…and be done safely. Forget the router.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#7 posted 02-12-2014 04:26 PM

There are DIY table saw sleds designed for cutting segments. Precision and a smooth cut are most important to limit the amount of sanding. Most everyone glues the segments into half rings then sands them true before glue the 2 halves together. I just took a class in segmented turning and if you can swing one, it will be immensely helpful.


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