some photos of me gluing up a segment bowl

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Blog entry by branch posted 01-31-2011 02:23 AM 6054 reads 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi i was asked by a number of good friends i made here on L J to do a blog on how i did my segment bowls so here is my humble attempt at doing a blog please forgive my grammar and spelling as it is not strongest point if you do not under stand anything please don’t hesitate to ask and maybe i can explain it a little better thanks for taking the time to read this here is some pictures of me cutting and glue up the first one is of me cutting 12 segments at 15
degree angle

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i tape three 1/4 inch boards together and set a stop block at the with of the segment then i can cut 3 spacers at the one time it saves time



Photobucket start of glue up glue the ring together in to half do not glue 2 of the spacers in the ring at this time

i use a scrap pice of m d f cut in a cercel on top of the ring held down with a clamp it makes it easer to get the rubber band on i use old car tubes cut in narow strips it is stronger and cheaper than bying ruber bands






flatting the ring with a bolt up through the workbench
when the ring is cured over night take of the rubber band and the ring will come apart in two half then take the tow half to your disk sander and sand them straight put a pencil mark on the ends of the two half rings and when the pencil marks are sanded of the half rings should sit flat together hold them up to a light and if you cant see light through them you have a great joint then glue in the two spacers put on your rubber band then flatten the ring again with the scrap m d f and bolt the same as the last time




when the glue has set over night you can flatten the ring on a drum sander i made this one out of a old lath i was not using any more if you don’t have a drum sander you can flatten the ring on your lath just stick a stripe of 60 or 80 grid sand paper to a flat board and hold it to the ring with the lath running at a very slow speed

get the center of the segment and mark it then mark the segment opposite it and draw i straight line across the ring do this on 4 segments you use these marks to line up the next ring that you set on top do this with all the rings and line each ring As you build up your bowl







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#1 posted 01-31-2011 02:35 AM

excellent work branch

crystal clear

thank you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 01-31-2011 04:05 AM

Wow. Awesome. I like the method and system. Thanks for posting this information. I enjoy seeing how this is done.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 01-31-2011 04:29 AM

Some great designs thee Branch. Thanks for the blog, very clear and easy to follow. Notice your bottom layer, is this what you meant leaving the spacers square. The yellow with the pink and brown zig zag has the brain boggled.

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

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#4 posted 01-31-2011 11:52 PM

My dad used to say that a day you didn’t learn something new was a day you were dead from the neck up. Thanks for keeping me alive!

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 02-01-2011 07:37 AM

Thanks for the pictures, very interesting and informative. Nice work. I am also impressed with you creativity in making your own tools.

-- Tom D

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