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Hello everyone,  this is my 12th bowl that I have "successfully" completed and my 2nd segmented bowl.
I made it for my Fathers nurse for a Christmas present. Im am pretty proud of this one as it is the finest piece I have made thus far.
This one was a lot of fun. enjoy.

Lathes are very dangerous and you can become seriously injured or even killed operating one. I have a lot of experience and knowledge you should only attempt this project if you have sufficient knowledge, experience and safety gear.
 
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Step 1: Lumber selection and preperation.

Picture of Lumber selection and preperation.
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You can make this out of any type of wood you choose, though I would suggest using hardwoods.
I chose some Harvested Maple from a friend and some Black walnut I brought from eastern Tennessee.
These two woods accent each other wonderfully.

I didn't measure anything except the bowls finish dimension. also take into account your lathe "swing" allowance, My Delta 46-460 has a 12 1/2" swing. so I chose to make the bowl around 11 1/2 - 12" in diameter.

The bowl consists of a solid walnut base with progressively larger "rings" of segmented octagonal circles stacked on top of one-another for a grand total of 5 rings of 8 segments each each segment is cut at 22.5° at each end. each set of segments per ring must be the same length

after choosing the lumber you need to rip it into strips. I chose 1 1/2" widths but looking back I coulkd have gone less.
once you have enough lumber ripped for your bowl (you have to do the math) cut all of your segment for the bowl one ring at a time. this will ensure you have the same sized segments for each ring.


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Bill WW7 months ago

Very nice, Slick.

Your rings look like they fit together perfectly - the 8 segments of 22.5°. I have to sand a bit to make them fit well enough to glue; so that you can't see any gap at all between segment pieces. I have not yet made anything this large, however.

About the hose clamps - they look like blue belting? Are they just regular clamps?

I have some maple and walnut - will give it a try!

SlickSqueegie (author)  Bill WW7 months ago

also, I made a dedicated sled for the 22.5 degree angles. It worked excellent. Since then I have purchased an INCRA miter gauge with sled. I haven't tried it out yet with segments but I'm sure it will perform nicely. One thing I have noticed with angle cuts is that a crosscut sled is the best way to go. At least with woodworking...

Thanks for the quick reply.

I have been tempted to buy the INCRA sled, very impressive tool. However, my shop is so full of sleds now that I'm tripping over them. I made a sled where I can "tweak" the angle with a threaded adjuster. Will be using that one for segments.

Here is my first segmented project.

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SlickSqueegie (author)  Bill WW7 months ago

They are a lot of fun arent they... Yours looks fantasrtic. Nice work Bill. Are you addicted yet?

I confess I had to get help on turning the inside, but thanks. It is made of padauk and oak. For this one, with 12 segments, I experimented used my miter saw, which has a factory set stop at 15°. But I'm going to abandon using the miter saw (hard to set other angles precisely) and make dedicated sleds as you do. The first should be complete today. I am laying out everything mathematically. I am taking photos and will post an Instructable.

Yes, I get addicted. But my motto is "if you can't be obsessed about something it's not worth doing".

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SlickSqueegie (author)  Bill WW7 months ago

Great motto.
Your turning is more cup shaped. When the walls are narrow like that its quite a bit more tricky to do the inside. You can get specialized tools for hollowing. that makes all the difference.


SlickSqueegie (author)  Bill WW7 months ago

yes, I bough the sled. But in all honesty, I still use the one I made for the 22.5 degree angle It's unbelievably accurate and does not slip.

The INCRA sled comes in handy and is used quite a bit. But if I need to do a lot of repetitious cuts, I always go for the "fixed" home made sled.

I can always count on their accuracy!

SlickSqueegie (author)  Bill WW7 months ago

Good morning Billl

The "blue" you are seeing is painters tape. The tape holds it together while you slip the clamp on.

How strong would you say the glue needs to be to hold the bowl? I've been clobbered by flying bowls before.
SlickSqueegie (author)  OutlawKtulu1 year ago
strong!!! if you are properly clamping them and use a yellow wood glue, you should be fine. also, wear a good quality face shield just in case. make sure you let the glue fully set before attempting to turn it.
sunshiine1 year ago
Gorgeous! thanks for sharing your hard work and congratulations on the win!
sunshiine
SlickSqueegie (author)  sunshiine1 year ago
Thanks for the compliment!
freeza361 year ago
When I went up to Alaska last year, they had a lot of plates and bowls similar to this for upwards of $100. Great job!
SlickSqueegie (author)  freeza361 year ago
yeah, they can be pricey in the right market... I asked someone to make an offer on it based on their perception of the value, and i was sadly told 50 bucks... lol!
bwaite1 year ago
Great job on the bowl! a little trick i sometime use when not mounting a bowl an a chuck is to glue a piece of news paper between the waste block and the bowl bottom. a sharp chisel will easily separate the two and you are just left with a little bit of paper to sand off.
SlickSqueegie (author)  bwaite1 year ago
Yep. The newspaper trick i have used before.
tvm7772 years ago
what did you add for finish? or you make it?
for me its easy to get beeswax, but mineral oil? like? Linseed oil can be good finish also?
If using linseed oil, you should read the label carefully because some linseed oil furniture finishes have lead and/or other toxic materials added as preservatives. Mineral oil would probably be a better bet for use in a food-safe finish.
linseed oil is industrial grade oil from flaxseed. (possibly processed with toxic things). you would want flaxseed oil instead for this project. they are the same oils, but with different names, processed differently for different purposes.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Swampcreature2 years ago
thanks for the re-enforcement ;)
SlickSqueegie (author)  tvm7772 years ago
beeswax and Mineral oil
I made extra, and filled an empty "childrens" paste stick for easy application.
that was my question, extra of what?
so u mixed linseed oil and bees wax?
SlickSqueegie (author)  tvm7772 years ago
and I sent you a link on that post to an instructable on the recipe of what I used..

here it is again
http://www.instructables.com/id/100-Food-safe-home-made-wood-finish/
thanks! :D
SlickSqueegie (author)  tvm7772 years ago
I got mineral oil from CVS (a local drug store). A qt for 6 bucks or something.
Its a "digestive lubricant" lol.
quiltina22 years ago
Absolutely beautiful bowl !!!!
SlickSqueegie (author)  quiltina22 years ago
Thanks!
0Troy2 years ago
Brilliant! Excellent work!
SlickSqueegie (author)  0Troy2 years ago
Thank you sir!
SlickSqueegie (author) 2 years ago
Thank you everyone. And a special thank you to the instructables team. This special bowl won an iPad in the holiday gift challenge. And received it yesterday. It's absolutely awesome!!! I love it!

Thank you instructables.
That is just amazing! You have done a wonderful job!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Penolopy Bulnick2 years ago
Thank you very much!
Carleyy2 years ago
Beautiful!
SlickSqueegie (author)  Carleyy2 years ago
Thanks!
:)
skiedra2 years ago
Absolutely beautifull!
SlickSqueegie (author)  skiedra2 years ago
thanks :)
Wheatridge2 years ago
Slick Squeegee, that was a great project. You did good. Segmented turning is a most rewarding endeavor. Keep at it. There are many directions to take.
SlickSqueegie (author)  Wheatridge2 years ago
Thank you.
billyup2 years ago
Most of my pro woodturning instructors, demonstraters, and finish books/DVD, etc, say that all un-leaded finnish are food safe-ONCE THEY HAVE CURED. It can take various times to realy cure, depending on what you apply. Some say that mineral oil never cures, and can retain impurities. ???? Maybe the varnish based oils would work, as they do cure, but takes a longer wait.
SlickSqueegie (author)  billyup2 years ago
in my experience with varnish and polyurethane finish types they turn milky and soft after water has set on them for a length of time. After its soft and you scrape the finish and essentially "ruin" the look of the bowls finish. Therefore if the bowl is going to be in a wet environment (salad bowls) you would want to use a more durable finish that is food-safe. Wax (paraffin, bees) are excellent alternatives. Also note Beeswax gives off a wonderful honey aroma while you apply.

I can see straight mineral oil retaining impurities as it does not dry out. but mix it with a wax base and you have one that wipes dry and protects better than any oil base out there. unless you look into an epoxy or marine finish. But then again. that's a whole new ballpark all-together. not to mention cost of those finishes.
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