First segmented (kinda) bowl

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Project by interpim posted 05-21-2011 05:36 AM 1688 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well… this is my first bowl I have built up from several pieces of wood, instead of using a solid piece. It is about 8 inches in diameter, and probably about 5 inches tall or so. Woods used are oak and poplar, finish is wax and BLO.

This project was a real learning experience for me. First it proved to me that I need to build a sled to cut miters, my Tablesaw miter gauge isn’t good enough for segmented pieces. Second i learned that I have to be patient and let the glue dry longer before trying to turn.

This bowl almost ended up in the burn pile. I was getting ready to apply finish, and decided to kick up the speed to apply the friction wax. Well, a not quite cured glue joint and 8 inches of bowl spinning at 3200 RPM comes flying apart really quick. My spot lamp above my lathe now has a bent shield, and I had to put humpty dumpty back together again.

Although it didn’t come out as good as I would have liked it to, my wife loves it. I can’t wait to get more complex designs started when I get moved again.

-- San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 05-21-2011 09:13 AM

Great job for a first try. This turning business is kinda hooky wouldn’t you say?

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#2 posted 05-21-2011 03:08 PM

Interpim, sounds like you had a touch and go experience going there.Well I’m glad you escaped in one piece.I really like the contrast not only in color but grain and shape contours.Listen to your wife she’s right you know!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#3 posted 05-21-2011 05:43 PM

I’ve been challenged with patients a few times myself. Looks good for a first.

-- Marc - Tucson, AZ

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 08:51 AM

I just love it when wood takes off and flies away when i am routing small pieces freehand , sometimes .
Most of the time the dear things are unharmed . Full face shields come in handy. Very nice design for your turning. Nice work!

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