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I wanted to try something new and being the impatient type I didn't want to watch countless videos on how to go about this new adventure.

I first started out making something out of repurposed cedar from my deck. I found out it is too soft for how sharp my tools are. I finished the piece just to see if I could do it.



Not very happy with it I tried some hardwood. I like how this turned out and it was easier to turn than the cedar as far as getting a good clean cut. It is 2.25" tall by 3" in diameter. Made with red oak and hedge with a maple stripe.





One more experiment I tried was open segmented turning. I had no idea what I was doing, but I forged ahead anyway. I had the walls about 1/4" to 3/8" thick and was just about to start sanding when I had a catch and the thing exploded. I was able to find a couple of pieces and glued them back on, but I couldn't find them all. I had to use a wood that was close to what it was originally, but it wasn't exact and if you know what to look for you can find them. The walnut was easy to replace, but the other wood was hard to match.





I think I was to stingy with the glue because I didn't want squeeze out and that might be why it broke apart. I got it glued back up and carefully put it back on the lathe and turned it again.





This piece measures 5 1/4" high by 6" in diameter. I used walnut and maple, but I don't know what the third wood is. Can anyone guess what it might be? It lit up when I put some Danish oil on it.

If any wood turners view this I would appreciate it if you would critique my work. I don't know if the walls should be thinner or if the spacing is done wrong. Also any tips or sites to watch would be very helpful. Thanks for any help you can provide.

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Mighty fine. Looks like you did Big.
 

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John, it looks like you nailed it. The turning are looking good, even the open segment one. A glue starved joint may just have been the cause of the blow out.

The open segment is something I want to try down the road. I built a Wedgie Sled awhile back to cut the segments.
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Trial and error done at it's best. Nice post John.
 

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Yup. You really screwed up.

And done good!

Even knowing there are 'problems' I can't see anything wrong with these.

I don't do turnings like this but one thing stands out that may be the cause of your catch. You have a rather large space between segments and that may have allowed the tool to slip in and break things. I'm sure someone else will weigh in on this and tell me I'm full of it.

The only thing that really matters is that you like it. And you should!
 

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Enormous effort, brilliant work
 

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Thanks guys I think this is something I'd like to get better at.

Yup. You really screwed up.

And done good!

Even knowing there are problems I can t see anything wrong with these.

I don t do turnings like this but one thing stands out that may be the cause of your catch. You have a rather large space between segments and that may have allowed the tool to slip in and break things. I m sure someone else will weigh in on this and tell me I m full of it.

The only thing that really matters is that you like it. And you should!

- Snowbeast
The spacing is what I was thinking also. I have to do what I was trying to avoid and watch some youtube videos on how to do this correctly. I saw one person had a chart that told him what each section should measure.
 

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looks like a pretty good save to me,i love it.i gotta try some segmented turning myself one of thee days.i think your right about too little glue,it came apart pretty clean.
 

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I'm not a wood turner but I know great workmanship when I see. That is outstanding.
 

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Looks great. I like the way it is lit in the first photo. If it fails as a vase/basket it could be repurposed as a light shade/sconce. Thanks for showing the process and failures too.
 

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Nothing to be ashamed of there sirrah!
 

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looks like a pretty good save to me,i love it.i gotta try some segmented turning myself one of thee days.i think your right about too little glue,it came apart pretty clean.

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Thanks, I used more glue for the fix then I started to use the straw method to remove the squeeze out after the repair.

I m not a wood turner but I know great workmanship when I see. That is outstanding.

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Thanks Bob

Looks great. I like the way it is lit in the first photo. If it fails as a vase/basket it could be repurposed as a light shade/sconce. Thanks for showing the process and failures too.

- swirt
Thanks, I never thought about a segmented lamp shade, that might be pretty cool.

Nothing to be ashamed of there sirrah!

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Thanks buddy
 

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The piece came out very nice thanks to your persistence! I'd say you did a fantastic job in aligning all the seams.

I know what you mean about being careful of the amount of glue. It is easy to use a lot with closed segments because all the seams get turned, but with the open segment, it can eek out the sides and they don't get cleaned up that way. You just have to clean real well after clamping each layer on. What glue do you use?

Cheers, Jim
 

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John, doggone it - when it blew apart I would have scrapped it and started over but repairing and finishing it take a LOT more effort and skill congrats on your tenacity
Overall, several really nice projects
 

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The piece came out very nice thanks to your persistence! I d say you did a fantastic job in aligning all the seams.

I know what you mean about being careful of the amount of glue. It is easy to use a lot with closed segments because all the seams get turned, but with the open segment, it can eek out the sides and they don t get cleaned up that way. You just have to clean real well after clamping each layer on. What glue do you use?

Cheers, Jim

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John, doggone it - when it blew apart I would have scrapped it and started over but repairing and finishing it take a LOT more effort and skill congrats on your tenacity
Overall, several really nice projects

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Thanks for the compliment Dick, I'm afraid I didn't scrap it because I'm tenacious, I just wanted to see how this came out and I knew it would take several hours to make it again and much less time to fix it. ;-)
 

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Love it… love the thinking outside the box… bowl?

Anyway, it's great!
 

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Not a turner but I really like the look. Great job!
 

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Love it… love the thinking outside the box… bowl?

Anyway, it s great!

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Thanks Van, not sure what it is, too many holes to be a bowl or a vase.

Very nice. Good job!

- SnowyRiver
Thanks Wayne I appreciate it.

Not a turner but I really like the look. Great job!

- BB1
Thank you Barb
 

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Great looking project and thanks for all the pictures. Great job !!! Mel
 
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