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July 27, 2017

Segmented Woodturning…Dinner Salad Bowls of Mahogany and Walnut

Segmented Woodturning – Salad Bowls

Segmented woodturning is a joy for the wood turner and turning a salad bowl set on the wood lathe can be a rewarding woodworking experience. It is also quite gratifying to enjoy one’s dinner salad and one’s fine woodworking in the evening with family and friends using the bowls you have created in the shop. While the wood lathe can be used to turn wood projects that are quite utilitarian it can also be a source for creating wonderful wood art. It just takes a bit of imagination. Join me and learn how a wood turner makes segmented bowls on a wood lathe using the creative techniques of segmented woodturning.

 A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.

…Mark Twain, 1835-1910…American author and humorist

 

 See the process of making a Salad Bowl by using segmented woodturning techniques.

 

Segmented woodturning - Stave Segements for Dinner Salad Bowl

Segmented woodturning - Stave Segements for Dinner Salad Bowl

Each bowl has 12 staved segments of mahogany and 12 vertical spacers of walnut. The staves for the segmented woodturning were cut on the ten inch compound mitre saw while the vertical spacers were ripped on the table saw and then sanded on the open drum sander. As you can see in this picture the staves and vertical spacers are being prepared for the gluing process. The masking tape secures and aligns the joints while the yellow glue is applied. The tape will also serve as a temporary hinge for each joint when the joints are closed.

Segmented Woodturning - wood salad bowls
Segmented wood bowls prepared for woodturning

In the picture you can see the salad bowl halves of the segmented woodturning as they are glued. Notice that the bottom joints on both halves are flat to the table surface. This is important as these joints will need to be tight fitting when the two bowl halves join together. Two walnut spacers remain as they will be fit between the two bowl halves.

Wood Finish for Salad Bowls

Food-Safe wood finish for salad bowls

Once the wood turner is finished turning the wood bowls on the turning lathe it is simply time for any final sanding. To complete the woodturning project a food-safe finish is needed. A wipe on wood finish is applied to the wood turned bowls with a soft cotton rag. In this case Watco butcher block oil and finish is used to apply multiple coats on the bowls created by using the segmented woodturning process.

Turning on a lathe is enjoyable and you will find segmented wood turning to be a fascinating process. Once you start the wood craft of turning it may be difficult to stop!

Learn more about Segmented Woodturning.

 


 

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