Open Segmented Vase

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Project by woodsmithshop posted 12-08-2019 04:31 PM 584 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the largest open segmented project I have done, 673 pieces, 13” tall 7” wide, 28 rings 24 segs per ring. While turning the inside near the top it started breaking up, because of the small pieces sticking out and catching, I cut off the top 2 rings as they were still good and I replaced 3 rings, then instead of turning the inside with conventional tools I used my rotary power carver, it worked great for smoothing out the small segments, then I turned with a turning tool to finish the inside.
Shellac finish on inside, then 3 coats rattle can lacquer on outside then sanded with mop sander, 2 more coats rattle can lacquer, polished with Beall buffing system.
The woods used are Maple

-- Smitty!!!

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#1 posted 12-08-2019 05:24 PM

Wow, Smitty! I cannot imagine that glue-up!

Beautiful Work!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 12-08-2019 05:32 PM

Incredible work and detail, congratulations on a fine vase!

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#3 posted 12-08-2019 05:33 PM

Thank you Lew, and waho6o9, I spent over a month and a half doing it, it took 40-45 minutes to glue up each ring, that does not count prep work cutting segs, etc. just glue up

-- Smitty!!!

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#4 posted 12-08-2019 06:02 PM

Awesome project!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 12-08-2019 06:08 PM

FANTASTIC looking piece!

At least twice past my aptience levels! I cannot imagine working that l;ong on one project!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 12-08-2019 10:54 PM

Wow Smitty! What a piece of art!!!!

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#7 posted 12-09-2019 12:12 AM

Thank you all.

-- Smitty!!!

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#8 posted 12-09-2019 12:14 AM


nice job

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 12-09-2019 01:02 AM

Fantastic job. Well done.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 12-09-2019 05:43 AM

Wonderful, Smitty.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 12-09-2019 06:46 AM

Magnificant work….Awesome pattern!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 12-09-2019 11:22 AM

That is really nice work. What do you do if there is squeeze out between segments?

-- Petey

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#13 posted 12-09-2019 01:07 PM

That is really nice work. What do you do if there is squeeze out between segments?


Petey, first off I use Titebond Quick and Thick, which dries transparent, and I apply it very carefully to each side of the segment that touches the segment it is glued to, then I also wipe out any squeeze out I can reach, it does not require a whole lot of glue, mostly proper placement of glue, hold it in place for 5-10 seconds, then advance to the next one.

-- Smitty!!!

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