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Project by john925 posted 06-09-2015 09:11 PM 1671 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest project just completed. I actually got the cut list and map from a fellow turner by the name of Dennis Edwards. Dennis did this bowl as an open segmented bowl where I did it as a closed segmented bowl. The bowl is roughly 12 inches in dia, by 7 inches high and is made of Maple, Paduak,Wenge and Purpleheart. Roughly 900 pieces in the bowl.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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Bill Szydlo

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#1 posted 06-09-2015 10:25 PM

Very nice work John. I like how you changed an open segmented plan into a “closed” vessel. I have to ask how you cut the small segments. Recently I ran across the seg easy system of setting the angle and am curious if you use it to set your angles. I noticed in your projects that you use different segment angles in your pieces. Do you use various sleds for each angle or use an adjustable sled?
Anyway, great work and thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 06-10-2015 12:23 AM

Very nice.
Congratulations on a great job, and thanks for sharing.


-- 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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#3 posted 06-10-2015 12:36 AM

Bill, thank you for your comment. Regarding the project, I did indeed you the Segeasy system. I made myself a segeasy sled for my table saw and purchased segeasy wedgies from Jerry Bennetts web page. But to answer your question on angles, no the angles are not different – they are all the same. Each row has 48 pieces so I used the 48 wedgie to set up the sled and from there all I did was very the length of the segments. First row had segments only .26 in. long where as the top row had segments approx. .776 in. long. I use a digital caliper and keep very true to the cut list. by the way, the cut list I received from Dennis was for an open segmented bowl as you indicated so I had to convert it to closed. Using an Excel spread sheet I simply revised the formula functions for the segment lengths based upon the bowl diameter and the 48 segments required. If you’re interested, send my your e-mail in a message and I’ll email you my excel spread sheet. Happy turning.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#4 posted 06-10-2015 01:34 AM

Lovely work John, this is a beautie, your pattern & timber choice work in great.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 06-10-2015 02:02 AM

Great work. That is a beautiful piece of work.

-- Randy

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#6 posted 06-10-2015 03:06 AM

Very nice, funny yesterday I was watching a bunch of videos on building the segeasy sled and all that. Got me really wanting to make one and buy the wedgies, wish the sold the sled, then I’d just buy it too haha

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#7 posted 06-10-2015 10:53 AM

Well done…it’s beautiful.

-- Vince

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#8 posted 06-10-2015 02:06 PM

Great looking bowl.

-- Julian

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#9 posted 06-10-2015 06:47 PM

That is a beautiful piece of work, John.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#10 posted 06-10-2015 08:27 PM

hi that is one fantastic piece of art congratulation for achieving a very nice bowl
would not mind getting my hands on the plans for that bowl
i would like to have a go at making one
thanks for sharing it

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#11 posted 06-10-2015 09:27 PM

That’s really fine work. The segments look really ornate. What did you finish it with?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#12 posted 06-11-2015 04:10 AM

Branch send me your email address and I’ll see what I can do.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#13 posted 06-11-2015 07:05 PM

Allen, I finished the bowl with two coats of sanding sealer then 10 coats of Minwax wipe on poly. Gloss.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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