Segmented Bowl - How I learned...

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Project by MrFid posted 01-03-2018 05:09 PM 2246 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a wedgie sled and wanted to try my hand at segmented turning. I drew up plans for the bowl by hand, and cut my segments using my sled. This is my first segmented turning of any kind.

Here is how I made the sled (not my video, but I followed it pretty much to the letter):

I learned a lot about how to plan a segmented turning from this video (also not mine. None of these are.):

This video and part 2 really got me going on segmented turning. Long, but worth the time. Lots of good tips in them for people just getting started.

The bottom layer ended up being just one solid piece. This was not the plan. I had a hard time drilling a centered hole to chuck up my jaws at first. I royally screwed up my bottom layer, so I planed it off and, rather than redoing my work, just went with a solid piece. I used a method I came up with using my drill press and a few scrap hold-downs and rotated 12 times to find the center. This allowed me to drill a perfect hole, which my chuck grabbed perfectly.

Overall there are 85 pieces in this, originally planned for 96.

The woods used are walnut (top/bottom rings), maple (all the light wood and the base layer), with a feature ring of walnut, purpleheart, and osage orange (I think).

Happy to entertain questions, critiques, or comments. Thanks for reading and looking.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#1 posted 01-03-2018 05:16 PM

First time turn. well Mr.- MrFid you did a splendid job, looks GREAT!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 01-03-2018 06:32 PM

@oldrivers Thanks!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#3 posted 01-03-2018 07:47 PM

This is a beautiful segmented bowl. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 01-03-2018 08:05 PM

Very nice work Bailey, first or not, a great looking bowl. The wedgie sled is a little miracle isn’t it? I did some segmented turnings a few years ago, but I gave it up because the Wedgie sled hadn’t been invented yet and I had to do the work the hard way, which was by using a sanding jig to get perfect results. I didn’t like that part and so quit. However I’m starting up again and I’ll be finishing up my Wedgie sled tomorrow. Looking forward to watching your progression. Have fun!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 01-04-2018 02:24 AM

You did a great job for your first segmented turning. I also do all my plans and calculations on paper.

-- Julian

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#6 posted 01-04-2018 02:25 AM

Great job turning this bowl. They get addictive as there is no end to designs. Looking forward to seeing more.

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

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#7 posted 01-04-2018 11:35 AM

Nice work, and thanks for posting the links.

-- Petey

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#8 posted 01-04-2018 05:22 PM

Nice turning indeed, lovely colours too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 01-06-2018 06:58 PM

Congratulations on a beautiful piece of wood art. You are doing now what I have always wanted to do but after seeing this I am going to try. How do you figure the angles for proper diameter or do you have a jig for that? Please share this and I will humbly try my hand at it. You should be so proud !

-- Al King

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#10 posted 01-07-2018 10:54 PM

Thanks @Al King!

Each layer is 12 segments, so I set my wedgie sled with a 30-60-90 engineers square (bought at Staples).

Regarding the math and planning, the best thing I can do is refer you to the second video link above. He goes through a really thorough presentation on how to plan out a segmented turning. High quality video with his PowerPoint overlaid and well explained. He walks though each step of planning and layout. Enjoy and good luck!!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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