Segmented Bowl - Getting Better...

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Project by MrFid posted 07-18-2018 12:18 AM 2516 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My brother is getting married on Saturday, and as a wedding gift I made him my second segmented bowl.

The bowl is 11 inches wide, and approx 4 inches tall. The first one I made was too tall and not wide enough. I like these dimensions a lot better.

All layers except the feature layer have 12 segments. The feature layer has 24. I originally designed the feature ring as a 1.25” thick layer, but later thought I’d slice it into two and offset. I really like the look of the feature ring now, and I know I wouldn’t be as happy with it had I left it as a thick layer.

The woods used are maple, cherry, white oak, and maybe padauk…? I am glad that I chose the two open grain woods to go together as the feature ring. Gives that ring a consistent grain as well as contrasting color.

I had much less tribulation this time around compared to my first segmented bowl. I found a method that works for me.

As always, I am happy to answer any questions. Your comments and critiques are welcome, too. Thanks for looking!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#1 posted 07-18-2018 01:03 AM

Beautiful piece of work and a wedding gift that will stay in the family for generations. If this is your second segmented bowl, I can’t wait to see the 10th..great work.

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#2 posted 07-18-2018 01:45 AM

Congratulations on a beautiful piece of wood turning art. A great gift that will be cherished.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 07-18-2018 02:48 AM

you made a beautiful piece of art

-- bambi

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#4 posted 07-18-2018 06:42 AM

Your brother is getting a beautiful gift. Just make sure he keeps it away from the dishwasher.
Really well done piece of craftsmanship.
Here comes a Daily Top 3. Congratulations!

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 07-18-2018 11:22 AM

This is totally awesome, beautiful and will be a cherished gift

-- 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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#6 posted 07-18-2018 12:56 PM

Very nice! Great job. Good decision on the feature ring!

-- Dennis, WV

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#7 posted 07-18-2018 04:34 PM

Very nice. What method did you use to cut the segments?

-- Roger

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#8 posted 07-18-2018 05:09 PM

This is an outstanding segmented bowl and you have done a fine job on it. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 07-18-2018 06:42 PM

Very nice. I’m sure your Brother will appreciate it.

Thanks for posting, and Congratulations on such a nice bowl. A 3 to boot, nice job.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#10 posted 07-18-2018 07:48 PM

Glad to see that my prediction about your Daily Top 3 came through. I do have a question for you… What type of glue are you using? Great work.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 07-18-2018 09:49 PM

Now that’s how you “personalize” a gift, this will mean a lot knowing it has been especially crafted to celebrate the day.

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

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#12 posted 07-19-2018 02:42 AM

Thank you all so much for the kind comments! Means a lot coming from such a talented group!

Very nice. What method did you use to cut the segments?

- Roger Gaborski

Roger I use a wedgie sled. Here’s the video that shows making of the jig. Jerry also has some videos on using it. I’ve found it DEAD on. Love my wedgie sled. I am fortunate to work at a school where I have access to a laser cutter, so I cut myself some wedgies for different number of segments. This was my first use with the 24-piece segment. A 30-60-90 drafting triangle can be had at Staples for a few bucks and serves as a 12 segment wedgie though. I’d been using that on my first bowl (see my other projects). Thanks for asking!!!

Glad to see that my prediction about your Daily Top 3 came through. I do have a question for you… What type of glue are you using? Great work.

- Druid

Hahah well thank you for predicting it, Druid! I am honored, as always. For this bowl I used Titebond 2. I don’t think they will be running it through the dishwasher or anything, and the working time was enough for me with one almost exception. The feature ring (24 pieces) was cutting it close, and by the time I clamped up the first pieces I’d tacked together were starting to get very tacky. Still okay, but any ring with more than 12 segments will be getting Titebond 3 from now on. Also I am aware of potential water issues with TB2, but I tend to think that TB3 is only strictly necessary in outdoor applications. I can certainly be proven wrong. Thanks for asking!!!

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#13 posted 07-19-2018 10:06 AM

Great work! You are motivating me to turn again.

-- Petey

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#14 posted 07-20-2018 01:47 AM

Very nice work. Keep at it.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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