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Walnut/Cherry Segmented salad bowl

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Project by rockmolsen posted 04-02-2019 07:49 PM 686 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been awhile since I’ve posted, but here we go. I’ve spent a lot of hours this week working on my largest ever (86 pieces) segmented salad bowl. Walnut and cherry. It’s 14.25×6.25. I did use for the first time the ”miterset” jig to cut all my segments and it worked great. My new Jet 16/32 drum sander was great for getting the rings nice and flat. Almost done just hoping I can use my vacuum Chuck so I can finish the bottom. What I found interesting was the color variations in the walnut, considering I cut it all from the same slab. First mistake I made – when I created the glue block with a tenon my tenon was much too small to handle a bowl this large. I sort of anticipated this and had already turned a new larger tenon in the bottom, it did snap off sending the 1/2 finished bowl to the floor. Once I got it re-chucked on the larger tenon I was able to continue but did have to redo the outside to remove some dents and scratches. I used General Finishes Salad Bowl finish, 3 coats with 600 grit sanding in between. This will be a food safe finish in about 30 days once completely dry. Quite happy with the end result.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.





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rockmolsen

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#1 posted 04-02-2019 07:56 PM

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#2 posted 04-03-2019 01:04 AM

looks fantastic, been thinking about attempting one myself someday?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 04-03-2019 02:09 AM

Andre a few things that helped -

I’ve used a “wedgie sled” successfully in the past but opted to buy the “miterset”. It attaches to your tables-saw miter fence and is adjustable for many segment selections. I also purchased software “Segmented Project Planner” from Bill Kandler. Very good piece of software! I also take care in gluing up each ring on the lathe and using my Nova Cole jaws mounted on the tail stock to get perfect alignment. Have fun !

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#4 posted 04-03-2019 02:16 AM

Looking great. I love segmenting as it adds another dimensions to wood turning.

-- Keith

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#5 posted 04-03-2019 06:53 AM

Beautiful wood combination. Pattern looks so nice…real pleasure to look at it.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 04-03-2019 10:08 AM

Cool bowl. What did you use to clamp all the rings together?

-- Petey

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#7 posted 04-03-2019 12:35 PM

Hi Petey,

A combination of band clamps and some large 12” SS clamps I found on Amazon mixing them with some shorter ones to get the sizes I need.

Rick

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#8 posted 04-03-2019 12:39 PM

Thanks Ivan. Whats interesting is all the walnut came from the same slab of wood. I wouldnt have expected so many color variations but I think it just adds to the look.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#9 posted 04-03-2019 12:42 PM

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-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-03-2019 12:44 PM

Beautiful nicely turned bowl Petey. It’s nice to see walnut making a comeback. I think the light contrasting color really livens it up.

I have mostly used an 4 jaw chuck for my solid wood turnings, but I found that a screwed on faceplate has been a better choice for my segmented work, especially if the turning is being dismounted and remounted before it is finished. I mount the faceplate to a throwaway disk glued to the workpiece. Slight differences in clamping location and pressure with remounting of the chuck can throw the turning out of round, which can be a bit of a disaster with segmented work, especially if it is nearly to finished wall thickness. That is not experienced with a faceplate. I’m aware that your problem was different in this case, but I thought it might be worth mentioning anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 04-03-2019 01:01 PM

красиво

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rockmolsen

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#12 posted 04-03-2019 01:05 PM

Mike,

Thanks for that tip. If I may ask, do you work the inside or outside first on your segemented turnings? I do outside first then the inside but have a hard time doing the upper inside part I guess because of vibration? Slower speed in this case seems to work better?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#13 posted 04-03-2019 03:01 PM

Excellent result Rick! I always thought it would be neat to turn one of these bowls just to see what it was like not to have to deal with end grain. Warping wouldn’t be a problem either.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#14 posted 04-03-2019 04:28 PM

I have done it both ways Rick and have run into the same problem with vibration. One solution is to try to finish the inner rim first and then after smoothing the inside rim and finishing the insides, do the outer rim before smoothing the rest. I know that sounds a bit counter intuitive, but that works well when turning solid wood and for the same reason.

The problem with doing the top rim first is that that it doesn’t leave you much leeway for the rest of the shaping and in case of mishaps. When I do have vibration I have had pretty good luck using a very small cutter in my Stewart hook tool for the inside edge. this cutter is made from a 3/4” shank section of a 1/4” HSS drill bit. Sanding does the rest. I have also tried scrapers but didn’t get as good a result.

I won’t pretend to be an expert on this problem. There might be better suggestions out there. You might try asking this question in the appropriate forum to get suggestions.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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