Pinewood Revolution

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Project by stefang posted 08-23-2009 08:50 PM 2063 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it is pine and I did revolve it on my lathe, in fact more than one revolution.

I recently got interested in segmented turning and thought I would give it try. I have turned a couple of other segmented pieces; a straight cylindrical container made with rings which we use in the kitchen for utensils and an unfinished stave bowl which still needs a bottom.

The only purpose of this turning was to test my ability to get good glue joints, which is a must with this type of turning. That’s why there is no design on it. I used pine because it’s cheap and I had some dimensioned pieces laying around relieving me of jointing and planing work. I’m very satisfied with the result. The vertical glue lines show pretty well because of the cut across the strong grain lines of the pine, but I don’t think they could be much tighter. The horizontal glue joints look better because they go with the grain and almost disappear. I did hollow out to about 3/16” wall thickness, but I didn’t bother to scrape and sand the inside as this is just a test piece. Turnin is composed of 133 individual pieces.

In order to get those tight glue joints, I used a sanding jig on my delta 6” sanding disk. Both end grain sides of each of the 12 segments used for each of the 11 rings were sanded on this jig. I got the specs for this jig from Malcolm Tibbetts book ‘The Art of Segmented Wood Turning’. It worked like a charm and was very easy to make. I also went out and bought a Woodfast 12” disk sander. So now I will have to make yet another sanding jig. I also used Tibbetts mitersaw setup to cut the segments with. It is very simple, very accurate, very easy and gives total safety and control.

For those of you who are thinking of trying segmented turning, I highly recommend giving it a go. I found it very relaxing and the work is varied enough to prevent boredom. A little cutting, a little sanding, a little gluing. This can all be done with a little standing and a little sitting, perfect for old guys like me! If you do decide to try this, having Tibbetts book can make it a lot easier to get started.

I haven’t been online for most of the summer. I had a lot of home improvement projects and gardening projects this year, but now I’m finished with those, and will once again be participating in the LJ obsession. As for my buddies, I have about 68 email project notifications backed up in my inbox which I will now be able to look at and comment on. I’m really looking forward being back and having a dialog with all of you.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 08-23-2009 08:55 PM

Hey Mike
That turning looks cool great as usual ,Good to hear from you


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#2 posted 08-23-2009 09:01 PM

Hi Mike
i dont know anything about turning, just know what I like and I do like it, I would find a place for it, cool job

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#3 posted 08-23-2009 09:32 PM

that is a wonderfull turning ,
inspirational to someone like me .
it’s not intimidating !
good to have you back .

-- 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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#4 posted 08-23-2009 10:00 PM

Finished mowing the lawn hey,
Good to see you back in the workshop.
Nice looking pine…

-- Be safe.

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#5 posted 08-23-2009 10:55 PM

Attention To All:

Mike’s post here is a wonderful role model. In one post he presents us with a piece and method, if not exotic, just off the beaten path, wonderful inspiration, and real-world information we can actually use.

Elegant and eloquent.

Thank the gods stefang’s home improvement tasks are out out the way.

Thanks Mike; you’re a good writer and great LJ.


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#6 posted 08-23-2009 10:56 PM

looks fantastic!
nice work.

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 08:08 AM

Looks great! Hope to try a segmented turning before long. Only hope mine turns out half this good.

Glad to have you back with us. Can’t wait to see that next segment with a design.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 08-24-2009 06:58 PM

Thanks a lot guys. I am moved by your generous and welcoming comments. I thought I wrote a reply earlier, but I must have forgotten to click the’ post this comment box’. I’m really looking forward to seeing what you guys have been up to since I went on ‘vacation’.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 09-20-2009 09:38 PM

133 pieces are many items but I have been very well and think it’s pine for me is a more complicated timber for tornearlas.Tienes reason on “boats”, here in Spain “boat” means a small container or bottle, but also a “boat” is a small boat, a greeting

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