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August 20, 2017

9 1/2″ x 12″ Vase…Segmented Woodturning

Segmented Woodturning a Tall Vase

Segmented woodturning on a wood lathe evokes a curiosity in woodworkers. Generally speaking, when a woodworker first views a segmented bowl or a tall decorative vase he or she will ask the question, “How did they do that?” Often times segmented pieces have various patterns that are simply beautiful to look at and yet puzzling to figure out as to how they were constructed. While it is apparent that woodturning tools and a wood lathe were used to shape the woodturnings, what is not entirely clear is how the segments and rings are glued and fitted together to form this wood art. How can all these pieces be accurately organized and well joined? That is the beauty of this wood craft!
Vase of Segmented Woodturning
The woodworking techniques used for segmented woodturning are essentially basic and yet evolved. To begin with a segmented woodturner will need a design to follow. Thankfully, today there is very good woodturning software available that makes the design factor a relatively simple procedure. Keep in mind tho that complex designs can also be performed with the software. Once you have created a design you can print it out along with a cutting list. The list will show you the angles and dimensions for the segments as well as the number of segments needed to complete each ring. In essence, the math part is taken care of for you.

From this point it is a matter of dimension the woods, cutting, gluing and assembling, and then turning your piece. The actual woodturning may actually be about 10% of the process.

So, if you are looking for some good woodworking ideas why not give segmented woodturning a try. Consider starting with a basic platter or perhaps a bowl. Get a feel for it and before long you will be advancing your skill level and in time people just may ask you, “How did you do that?”


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Segmented Woodturning video of the 9″ x 12″ Vase

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase

Segmented woodturning has taken its hold once again. In this woodturning video we are back at the wood lathe with our turning tools working on a new woodworking project, a segmented vase comprised of 18 rings and 432 segments. You’ll see the segmented woodturning process from the very beginning along with edited clips displaying the various wood gouges chosen to cut and shape this decorative vase of mahogany, cherry, maple, and walnut.

When the actual segmented woodturning is completed we will break out the sandpaper and illustrate the sanding process and prepare for finishing the vase. Initially, Sealcoat shellac sealer is used on the vase (inside and out). Once the sanding sealer has dried it is then time for a light sanding with 400 grit sandpaper. Next the dust is removed and we are ready for an application of Arm-R-Seal satin finish. Numerous applications of the wipe on satin finish are applied to the  vase once it is completely prepared.

(Note: all segmented wood has been glued with the same grain direction to allow for wood movement.)

Segmented Vase 9 x 12 Mahogany, cherry, walnut, maple - Segmented woodturning

Watch more Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2


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Segmented Woodturning – Vase of Mahogany, Maple, Cherry, & Walnut

Segmented Woodturning – a Vase

Segmented woodturning - Segmented woodturning Vases

This segmented woodturning is a polychromatic vase that has 18 rings and 432 segments. In this case, the selected woods are mahogany, maple, cherry, and walnut. As you can see in the photo, the vase bottom is secured by means of a tightened lathe chuck while the tailstock holds a live center that is inserted into the mouth of the vase. Notice how the vertically aligned spacers of each segmented ring offer an eye catching effect to the overall design of the vase. Also, take a look at how the choice of wood tones contrast one another to highlight and accentuate the piece.

Segmented Woodturning - a Vase with a polychromatic wood design

The segmented woodturning pictured to the left looks pretty rough. When we start out in segmented woodturning and we see the wood project in this rough stage, we have to scratch our heads a bit and ask “Is this worth it?” However, once the turning tools are applied to the spinning vase, the beauty of the wood design starts to reveal itself to the woodturner. This when our previous question is answered with a “Yes.”

A well chosen wood lathe and a few lathe tools go a long way for the enjoyment of wood turning. Segmented woodturning offers a great way of utilizing scrap wood left over in the woodworking workshop while creating wonderful designs in this woodcraft. The wood chosen for my woodworking projects are all hardwoods and the wood finish chosen is often of a satin finish or a soft natural finish.

Watch these Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase


The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

Segmented Vase…maple & walnut

Segmented woodturning,  Vase of maple & walnut...416 segments - segmented woodturning

The segmented woodturning is a vase that is 6” x 9” and has 14 rings for a total of 416 segments. For the finish it has Sealcoat shellac sealer, a coat of Arm-R-Seal gloss, & numerous coats of Arm-R-Seal satin.

The pattern of this segmented woodturning was inspired by the vases created by Lincoln Seitzman.


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Segmented Woodturning Mortising the Base

Segmented Woodturning – Mortising the Base

Segmented woodturning:

This segmented woodturning video tutorial focuses on mortising the base on the wood lathe. Eventually, this section will be reversed and the mortise being made will provide a dovetail-like opening that the jaws of the lathe chuck will grip. In the woodworking video you will notice how a dial caliper is used for measuring the accuracy of the desired depth of cut for the mortise.

Segmented Woodturning - 3 sections of a wooden vaseThere are three sections of the segmented vase. Ultimately, all 3 sections of the segmented woodturning will be glued together to form a vase that will be 9″ x 12″ when finished. There are 18 rings and 24 segments in each ring.  (432 total segments in this segmented woodturning.)


Watch more Woodturning Videos:

Let’s Turn Salt and Pepper Mills – How to Woodturn

Segmented Wood Turning – Fruit Bowl…part 1

Segmented Woodturning – Fruit Bowl – part 2

Segmented Woodturning – 9″ x 12″ Vase

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

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