My First Segmented Bowl

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Project by mlk1005 posted 12-31-2016 12:50 PM 2054 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came across some segmented bowl videos on YouTube and decided to give it a try. This bowl is about 10” across and 3” tall. Woods used were all scraps from the shop and included hard maple, mahogany, and holly. To illustrate just how much I hate to throw anything away, the hard maple was pieces of a butcher block that de-laminated, the holly came from the stumps of some large bushes we took out years ago, and the mahogany was an old tabletop I picked up on trash day. All were leftovers from the initial projects that I made with the majority of each find.

I cut the segments on my chopsaw and got surprisingly close just using the preset indents. I then trimmed four of the segments to fit tight with a lion miter trimmer. It was much easier than I anticipated, sometimes you just have to get in there and try it i guess.

Glue up was with large hose clamps and worked very well. after assembling the rings with hose clamps I placed them between two old pieces of countertop and placed some weight on top to keep them flat while they dried.

Stacking the rings for the blank was a by eye affair and left me with a blank that wasn’t completely concentric but the errors don’t seem to be evident in the finished piece.

Finish is four coats of shellac applied on the lathe with a cloth and multiple coats of paste wax also applied on the lathe.

I’ll be exploring this method more completely for sure!

-- Mark, St Louis, MO

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#1 posted 12-31-2016 02:11 PM

Wow! Your first one! I’m not a turner but I love looking at nice turnings like this one! Great and Beautiful work!
Welcome to Lumberjocks and Happy New Year!

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

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#2 posted 12-31-2016 02:18 PM

I’m not a turner either, but this looks awesome to me! Beautiful design and craftmanship.

-- Stephen - Georgia

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#3 posted 12-31-2016 02:28 PM

Not only a beautiful bowl, but you have the grain oriented nicely. Great color combo too.

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

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#4 posted 12-31-2016 04:29 PM

That’s Sweet ! You have a good eye for contrast.

-- Groveland, CA.

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#5 posted 12-31-2016 05:01 PM

Nicely done. I like projects that give me ideas and this one does. Welcome to the world of segmented bowl making which, btw, is addictive and every project unique!

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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#6 posted 12-31-2016 06:42 PM

Great job. Nice wood color combination and pattern.

-- Julian

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#7 posted 12-31-2016 06:44 PM

Excellent work, Mark!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#8 posted 12-31-2016 07:24 PM

Double WOW.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 12-31-2016 08:44 PM


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#10 posted 12-31-2016 09:31 PM

Extremely nice bowl. I’m not a turner, but I would love to get into segmented turning soon. Great job on your first bowl. Now, let’s see what follows! Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#11 posted 12-31-2016 10:21 PM

Your choice of wood and pattern is incredible. Makes me wish even more I had a lathe.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#12 posted 12-31-2016 10:26 PM

Wonderful work Mark, The timber selection & glue ups are just great. Well done

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

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#13 posted 01-01-2017 12:07 AM

Very nice work! Looks like you have the hang of it!


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#14 posted 01-01-2017 03:12 AM

Wow! You did BIG, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 01-01-2017 02:14 PM

Thank you to everyone for your words of encouragement.
I’m very pleased so many found the pattern easy on the eyes, there are over 150 pieces in this bowl and the pattern could have been anything.
Thank you again!

Not only a beautiful bowl, but you have the grain oriented nicely. Great color combo too.

- doubleDD

Thanks for noticing this Dave, this was one thing I actually tried to control. I stayed with vertical grain stock and if I couldn’t get all the segments for a ring from one piece I alternated the segments in the glue up between the two pieces i cut up for that ring so color or grain would be balanced. Turning this bowl was a real learning experience for me, till I started peeling away all the stuff that wasn’t a bowl I didn’t completely know exactly what the final piece would look like. Part of the allure of woodturning I guess! I have to admit, after screwing the freshly glued up and hopefully dry blank to a faceplate, I stood in front of the lathe for a good five minutes before I summoned the courage to turn it on. :)

-- Mark, St Louis, MO

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