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Forum topic by Bill Berklich posted 04-23-2020 12:36 PM 763 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bill Berklich

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04-23-2020 12:36 PM

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Ladies and Gents – I’m going to try my hand at segmented turning and I’m curious to know what you use for glue ups. I am basically making a plate so my starting piece will be about 1” -1-1/2” thick about 10” in diameter. I have Titebond II, III and epoxy at my disposal. Thoughts, ideas, suggestions?

Anything I need to watch out for? My biggest fear is that the glue fails while I’m turning.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#1 posted 04-23-2020 12:46 PM

I’ve never done segmented turning Bill but for a whole lot of mitered joints like that where any voids at all are going to be glaringly obvious, I would probably use some dyed epoxy. Even when I do simple laminations for turning like Celtic knots, I’ve gotten to where I use dyed epoxy for the glue up. Nothing worse than spending 2 or three days on a glue up and then when you finish turn it there’s a big void in a glue line you didn’t see originally :-/

On the other hand, I have turned lots of things I glued up with TB2 glue and never had anything fail at a glue joint. So if you’re confident that your joints are perfect with solid contact throughout, I would be that TB would hold just fine.

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Bill Berklich

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#2 posted 04-23-2020 01:01 PM

Good to know about the TBII/III. And hadn’t considered any glue line voids (‘cuz we all know that my glueups are near perfect!!) I do have black, clear, and a couple of mixes for the epoxy.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 04-23-2020 01:09 PM

Titebond 2 is my glue of choice. I have tried CA experimentally, but it works no better and is more expensive. Also used to glue each ring together. Buy it by the gallon when on sale and protect it from freezing to avoid lumps.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#4 posted 04-23-2020 01:17 PM

Have done a number of segmented turnings a few years ago. One walnut salad bowl with a redheart rim and base has been used extensively. TBII was used on all the turnings. Used it between blocks, veneers, and small detail work on the turnings. All joints are still tight and holding firm. No problems. It even held when an ebony ring on the rim of a pot has warped and cracked with time.

-- Ron

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#5 posted 04-23-2020 01:27 PM

My go to glue for everything is

I want to try some of this

I used Extend in this segmented piece

-- I still love you baby, but I sure don't want you back... Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown

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#6 posted 04-23-2020 02:38 PM

Just like most of us I have my ideas and after 300 pulse segmented pieces it would be hard for me to change. Have never had a glue strength problem. Have used all the titebonds. Now always use regular for bowls where no moisture will be around such as yarn bowls. If there is a chance of moisture I always use titebondIII. I do use extra caution with finishing with 2 coats sanded between SealCoat and with 2 coats spray poly. I really don,t know what some of the pieces are used for but do tell everyone to – do not soak-. Had one lady use one of them as a drip bowl with a potted plant in it. Was able to refinish it for her after about a year. It had no glue problems. Good joints are a must.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#8 posted 04-24-2020 01:37 PM

Hi. from a glued up flat plate 15 inch my experiences…I used Titebond II. but things that came up. the backer paper to wood mounting . it stuck so well thru the paper it pull the wood fibers and I ended up doing a patch. well it was on the flat side for this round tray so all was well. Next slow speed and sanding may help round that out instead of the gouge grapping anything projecting and ripping it apart. Lathe is can write some of your own rules but safely. Test fit and test fit before you clamp and glue it for a better result maybe even do it in rings and then laminate the rings for an end result. check out some more utube rcworks has one..I know there are some more. might give you some clamp and turn ideas. Hal

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#9 posted 04-25-2020 08:39 PM

Done quite a few segmented turnings, some are in my LJs projects. I use tb3, I prefer the darker glue line. Here is a segmented tutorial blog that might help you.

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