Perhaps the preparation for the segmented woodturning pictured above looks a bit like a wooden pineapple, but trust me it will look a whole lot different as you will soon see. There are 14 rings to this vase and a total of 416 wood segments that are carefully fit and glued together using Titebond 2 yellow glue.
If the segmented woodturning that will become a vase is going to hold water for flowers, then an opening is necessary. As you can see a 1-7/8″ forstner bit is being used to drill out an opening to allow for a glass vial to be inserted. For this woodboring operation it is essential to ensure that segmented woodturning and the forstner bit are inline and centered with one another.
The vase of maple and walnut measures 5-1/2″ x 9″. the segmented woodturning been through a lot lately as it’s been spinning at 800 rpm and being shaped by turning gouges during the previous 20 minutes. Here you see it resting on the bed of the wood lathe as it catches its breath and awaits the sanding stage. The wooden vase will be remounted to the lathe chuck for final sanding and finishing. The expandable lathe chuck has dovetail – like jaws which will securely grip the circular mortise within the turning’s base.