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Blog series by Julian updated 12-27-2016 02:28 AM 7 parts 8035 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Gluing the pieces

11-24-2016 11:47 PM by Julian | 3 comments »

I am trying to make a similar segmented turning as the one originally done by Bruce Meldrum (from a YouTube video).I am using maple and walnut.There will be 16 layers glued to the center core. The concept is fairly easy but cutting the angles on the table saw is challenging. I might have to figure out howto use the bandsaw to cut the remaining layers. I haven’t been able to find any information to describe how the original piece was made. This will be a “learn as you g...

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Part 2: Slow but steady progress

11-27-2016 03:34 AM by Julian | 3 comments »

Adding layers and cutting the angles is somewhat of a slow process.This is the most recent photo of my progress. The piece is now too largeto cut the angles on the table saw, so now I am making the cuts on the bandsaw.This turned out to be much safer and produces a surface smooth enough that allis needed is some sanding.

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Part 3: Cut offs provide new opportunity

12-03-2016 04:29 AM by Julian | 1 comment »

I have now glued and cut 6 layers on this piece. After cutting the angles there a 4 wedge shaped pieces from each layer. These cut offs will be another project for the future. 10 more layers remaining.

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Part 4: Enough Clamps?

12-09-2016 03:43 AM by Julian | 0 comments »

This is the 9th layer being clamped. The larger this piece grows (with layers), it requires more clamps. This process is not difficult but takes more time than the normal segmented ring glue ups that I have done in the past.

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Part 5: 10 layers

12-10-2016 04:17 AM by Julian | 3 comments »

This will be the 10th layer to be glued. You can clearly see the pattern that has developed and when this piece is turned, the 3rd dimension will give it a very nice look. The goal was to glue up 16 layers but I may only glue up 14 layers. This should make the finished diameter about 10”.

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Part 6: Ready to turn

12-18-2016 01:15 AM by Julian | 3 comments »

There are 12 layers glued to the center. I planned on 16 layers to copy the original but the dimension are just right with 12 . Currently the diameter is 8 1/2” and the finished height will be 4 1/2”. Next I drew out the shape on the side. The goal is to make this an elliptical shape. I glued in a tenon on the top to help hold the piece while turning. This tenon will be drilled out later for the opening.

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Part 7: Start of the hollowing process

12-27-2016 02:28 AM by Julian | 2 comments »

The outside has been turned to shape and sanded. Now it is time to drill out the center and start the hollowing process. My homemade articulated hollowing arm works great. The one problem is the opening; it is less than 1 1/2” in diameter which makes hollowing out the center more challenging that I anticipated. I will leave the walls relatively thick on this vessel.

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