Number of segmented wedgies?

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Forum topic by BrianA posted 02-25-2021 06:11 PM 426 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-25-2021 06:11 PM

I have started working on segmented bowls and started out the first few with 12 segmented rings. I was wondering what your preferences are for the number of wedges you prefer in your rings and input as to why.

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#1 posted 02-25-2021 06:54 PM

Number of segments (in my shop) depend on size. A small piece can look good with 12. A medium piece (6” to 8”) might be 16, and bigger than that 24 (or more).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 02-25-2021 10:03 PM

Physical size/length of an individual segment is a driver for me. Too small and they are a pita, too long they have to wide. I never delved into the 1000’s of pieces projects Ive seen pics of, just an exercise in…..futility? Also very dependent on the particular design/look one is after. IMO most any # can look good, depends on the particular design.

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#3 posted 02-25-2021 10:31 PM

+1 on the above. It all depends on what design, pattern, effect you are after.

Upper part of this bowl is complex lots of small pieces.
While the lower part is simpler.

Look at the segmented bowl projects here on LJ to get some ideas.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 02-27-2021 07:49 PM

I have made a number of cutting sleds that worked so so. Then I bought Gerry Bennet’s wedges and made a Wedgie Sled and segmented bowls became very easy. You can see his videos and view all the plans needed. Well worth the time and expense. I have seen a number of LJ’s refer to his products, and haven’t seen anything negative.

-- Mike, Massachusetts

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#5 posted 02-28-2021 01:23 AM

I guess it is more was intrigued by the idea you can get a bowl the same size even with using more or less wedges and varying the size. I guess the longer grain look in longer wedges has a different look as lot of smaller ones. But a sled makes it easy enough

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#6 posted 03-09-2021 06:30 PM

Also new to segmented turning never thought about the size of the project. I was also interested in purchasing the weggies what is a suggestion on ones that are most useful I would hate to buy ones and never use them thanks

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