Segment Testing Bowl

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Project by doubleDD posted 01-14-2019 01:01 AM 862 views 4 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About a year ago I built a wedgie sled to aid in the building of some segment bowls. I wanted to get into some more complex ones. I started to make a few rings and noticed the miters were fitting fine but the top or bottom of each wedge looked to have a slight gap. I found out the base of the jig was warped a little and was effecting it. After replacing the bottom of the sled, this bowl became a test to see if I was ready to continue. A lot of this wood was left over from previous makings last year. I thought I’d share this since it turned out looking decent.
7 1/2×4 1/2’’ finished with lacquer. There are 12 pieces to a ring and made from Pauduk, Purple Heart, Maple, Walnut and the bottom is Canary wood.
I need to get more and smaller segments in my next one to mix things up a little.
Thanks for looking

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

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#1 posted 01-14-2019 01:08 AM

That’s quite a mix Dave. The one good thing about segmenting you can use all your small pieces.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 01:08 AM

Nice looking bowl, Dave. Not bad for a test!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 01-14-2019 01:15 AM

Glad you found the issue and got it corrected. Good looking turning too !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 01-14-2019 01:17 AM

Just a test piece?? I would be willing to be the test dummy and try it out. Really turned (like the pun?) out well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 01-14-2019 01:30 AM

Wow Dave very impressive! Do you have a link to the jig that you made? Now that the kids are getting into turning I’ve had a few questions about segmented bowls but I’ve never made one myself, so I can’t answer them haha

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#6 posted 01-14-2019 01:45 AM

This is only a test. Ha-ha!! Dave I bet you knew this was going to turn out to be another great looking project. This bowl has plenty of character ….Color and style! Glad your got the sled fine tuned!

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

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#7 posted 01-14-2019 02:48 AM

I am very impressed that your sled made perfect segments. I have tried different sled designs and resigned myself to make the segment rings in halves then trim them on the table saw. Your test is great. I can’t wait to see the future pieces.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#8 posted 01-14-2019 03:21 AM

For a test job you got it spot on Dave, look forward to seeing the fair dinkum work.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 01-14-2019 03:55 AM

Thanks Tony. I’m starting to save all those smallpieces now for future bowls.

Dave, I wanted to be sure before I went on on more bowls. Besides, it’s always fun creating one of these.

Thanks Kdc. I was scratching my head for awhile. I knew it was working great last year. I kept thinking it was me. LOL.

Earl, these are so much fun to make and there’s no end to imagination. I’m ready for something more challenging.

Hi Tooch. This is the set up I have for making the segments. Other than that I learned a lot from other LJ’s by looking at their projects.

Hey Tony. I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong. I made some of these bowls before and used that same jig. I think I will have to rethink where I’m going to store it when I’m not using it. I bet that had something to do with it. At least that’s the story I’m sticking with. Haha

Thanks Mike. Using the incra sled I made is pretty fool proof. Just make sure the wood you use is straight. Even a slightest bow can make those little pieces not fit correctly. I use to make the 2 halves also then adjust but extremely rare when I use the jig.

Thanks Bob. I will have to look up what fair dinkum work is.

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

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#10 posted 01-14-2019 04:10 AM

dang dave i wish most of projects were as good as your “tests”! just gorgeous buddy.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#11 posted 01-14-2019 04:20 AM

Love the design of the bowl, wonderful colors

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#12 posted 01-14-2019 04:27 AM

Nice start Dave. Someday I’m going to finally get around to making something segmented.

-- Rick M,

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#13 posted 01-14-2019 05:25 AM

Thanks potz. Stay tuned for the next on coming up. It’s a test on my own skills and I feel I’m getting better.

Thanks Norm. I want to get better at these like some I see here on LJ’s. I have a long way to go but I’m trying.

Thanks Rick. It’s something completely different than cutting logs all the time like I do and I enjoy the challenge.

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

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#14 posted 01-14-2019 06:31 AM

Testing..!!?? I wondet how real deal looks in your world. MAGNIFICANT WORK!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 01-14-2019 07:13 AM

Must be very satisfying to have a test piece turn out so well. Good job paying attention to details Dave!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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