Segmented Striped Salad Bowl

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Project by joefitz posted 09-12-2017 04:32 AM 2287 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was inspired by Rj's segmented salad bowl and copied his design pretty closely. Thank you for posting your project. I made this bowl 16-inches wide, which is as big of a swing as my Shopsmith lathe would allow and a little bigger than Rj’s version. I used the speed reducer on the Shopsmith, and it worked very well except when turning the thin outer edge I encountered vibration chatter in the piece and I had some bumps to smooth out.

Along the way I had to create a centering and clamping MDF template. In one pic, I stacked the semicircles and you will see the seams lining up. When I actually glued up the rings I made sure to offset the seams.

Diameter: 16 in
Height: 6.75 in
Rings: 13
Pieces: 152
Wood: Walnut and Maple

I finished it with a homemade beeswax and mineral oil paste.

-- joefiz, Virginia

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#1 posted 09-12-2017 08:14 AM

Very nice Joe.
Love the contrast.


-- 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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#2 posted 09-12-2017 11:37 AM

Super bowl, Joe!! I love the way you did the bottom piece!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#3 posted 09-12-2017 11:43 AM

beautiful bowl – too many pieces for me to keep track of

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 09-12-2017 01:11 PM

Fine job on the bowl and I have to agree you did well with the bottom piece. Very eye catching.

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

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#5 posted 09-12-2017 02:09 PM

Simply beautiful!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 09-12-2017 02:19 PM

Wow beautiful!

-- Ray Vanderpool

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#7 posted 09-12-2017 02:29 PM

Good looking bowl. I like how the foot raises the bowl off the table.

-- Julian

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#8 posted 09-12-2017 03:18 PM

did you use a wedgie sled to cut your pieces? they look very tight

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#9 posted 09-12-2017 03:38 PM

Joe, this is such a nice bowl and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 09-12-2017 05:28 PM

Really well done!

-- Mike

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#11 posted 09-12-2017 05:37 PM

Thanks so much everyone for your complements! I really appreciate it.

@Notw, I used a stop block on a miter saw to cut the pieces. I glued them into semicircles, and then sanded the edge of the semicircle to make it flat.

-- joefiz, Virginia

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#12 posted 09-12-2017 09:27 PM

Looks great. How thick was the wall when finished? How did you hold the bowl to finish the bottom?

Suggestion: with a large bowl, when you get to turning largest rings, a steady rest like below is a big help.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#13 posted 09-13-2017 02:24 AM

Thanks @socrbent. The walls were mostly between 3/8 and 5/16 but the largest ring was probably thinner.

When I finished the bottom, I mounted that MDF bullseye with a face plate and used a lot of masking tape to adhere the bowl onto the bullseye.

That steady rest is a great suggestion. I bet that would have made a big difference. Thanks!

-- joefiz, Virginia

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