My very first Segmented bowl

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Project by BobWemm posted 10-20-2014 11:01 AM 1729 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been itching to try one of these for a couple of years now and finally convinced myself that I could do it last week. My first 5 or 6 attempts at cutting segments did not go well but finally I got the angle right. My equipment is obviously not as accurate as I thought. I made 4 X 12 segment rings on Friday and glued them together. On Saturday afternoon I faced them on both sides and then Sunday morning glued the rings to the base. Then today I turned the bowl, sanded to 400 grit and polished with friction wax, Shellawax.
This is a pretty basic job but I am quite happy with the result, especially as it’s my first attempt.
The bowl is 6.75in wide and 5.25in high.
Thanks for looking and I hope you like it.
C & C welcome.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 10-20-2014 11:16 AM

No giving up paid off Bob! Your Segmented bowl looks like 1st Class quality work! Segmented work is much more interesting to look at if you asked me! It’s a like for me!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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Bob Collins

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#2 posted 10-20-2014 11:17 AM

You certainly should be happy with the result Bob, the choice of wood mix well and once again you have a nice finish. Nice piece of turning, look forward to seeing more segmented work.

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

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#3 posted 10-20-2014 11:17 AM

...and you’ve done verry good job! Looks great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-20-2014 11:46 AM

Very nice job! I’m also itching to try this!

-- -Todd

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#5 posted 10-20-2014 12:44 PM

That is a perfect piece to fill with candy or fruit. Will be great for the holidays. Excellent job on your first. Now I have to get in gear and try this.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 10-20-2014 12:59 PM

G’day, Bob. You have got the knack now! Nice bowl…the first of many, I bet!!
You know, Roger will want it full of ice cream!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nice going. Have a great day, Bob!!.....................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 10-20-2014 02:06 PM

Thanks guys for the feedback.
I forgot to say what the timbers are.
Tasmanian Myrtle
2 unknown species.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 10-20-2014 04:26 PM

What can I say, We have been talking about you doing this for the last 2 years, and your first is a very nice example of what can be done when one makes up their mind to do something. The bowl looks great, and the wood choice help show it off. Looks as if you are on your way, and if you do make a few of those sleds, you will find it much more easier going We all will be looking forward to your next one, being in Australia, and having the choice of some of the nicest exotics in the world, I am thinking nothing short of spectacular.two thumbs up on this one Bob.

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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Cedar Furniture Lodge

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#9 posted 10-20-2014 05:01 PM

I just love that bowl, great work. I am going to have to try one of those.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#10 posted 10-20-2014 08:50 PM

very nice great job for your first nice tight joints my first was not half as nice as that the stove got it in the end i made my self a sled and it was much easer to get nice tight joints make one and have fun branch

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#11 posted 10-20-2014 09:23 PM

Perfectly segmented bowl. I like the wood combo. Well done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 10-20-2014 11:45 PM

Thats very nice work and considering its a first go your talents are commendable.

I can regognise the identified timbers but the attractive grain ones I guess are the unknown, which is a pity as they are outstanding.

Making segments to close all around is a bit of a test on any gear as the error incrementally increases by each section.

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 10-21-2014 10:37 AM

Nice work Bob. You can be very proud of your efforts. The Timbers blend well and the shape is appealing to the eye…....The foot sets the finish to the project nicely. Well done.


-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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