Trying Segmented Turning

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Project by Ron Ford posted 03-23-2014 05:34 PM 2034 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been interested in trying some segmented turnings and decided to try a few bowls using that technique.

The first two pictures are my first effort and include a birds-eye maple bowl bottom, bloodwood, and hard maple. It is about 3” high and 7 1/2” across. It is finished with lacquer.

The second one is made of acacia (bottom and top, plus the wider ring just below center) redheart, and hard maple. Finished size on that one is 5 1/2” high and 9” across. Given the photo-sensitive nature of redheart, I finished it with several coats of a UV-resistant polyurethane.

Having a Jet 1632 drum sander made building the segmented rings and sanding them flat and uniform and has been a huge help. It is rapidly becoming one of my favorite tools in the shop and I use it frequently for these and other projects.

The success I enjoyed on these has increased my interest in trying more segmented turning, and to ‘up my game’ with more sophisticated designs.

Thanks for looking!


-- Once in awhile I make something really great. Most days I just make sawdust.

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 06:21 PM

Fabulous work.

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 06:30 PM

Darn, those are really nice!

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 09:03 PM

Great Stuff Ron… Ive been on the fence about trying some segmented stuff. But seeing your shot at it is very inspiring. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 10:48 PM

Beautiful bowls Ron. Have fun with your new creations!!!!!!!!!!!

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 10:56 PM

Wow, that bloodwood really looks awesome. Can’t wait to use some of that in my upcoming projects too. I think it’s great you’re getting into more detailed and complicated pieces; once you cross the dark side there’s no going back to simple!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#6 posted 03-23-2014 11:27 PM

great looking bowls

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 01:40 AM

They turned out great. Good job!

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 04:22 AM

Very nice segmented turnings.

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 11:43 AM

Very Nice Work! I need to learn how to turn bowls like that!

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 07:23 PM

Thanks for all of the positive feedback! I really appreciate the encouragement.


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#11 posted 03-24-2014 09:31 PM

nice work on some nice segmented bowls. Good to see the birth of another segmented turner.

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#12 posted 03-25-2014 12:24 AM

very nice bowls, along with the previous post of yours, they’re all very beautiful!

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#13 posted 03-27-2014 01:33 PM

Very nice.

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