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August 20, 2014

Segmented Woodturning – Finishing the Vase of Walnut & Maple

Segmented Woodturning – Applying the Wood Finish

Segmented woodturning - wood finish appliedThe segmented woodturning, a vase of walnut and maple is mounted to the lathe chuck of the wood lathe. In this case the vase already has a preliminary coat of Sealcoat sanding sealer. It also has a coat of Arm-R-Seal gloss finish. The next step calls for a light sanding with 600 grit wet and dry sandpaper. Then all the dust will be removed with a microfiber cloth so that an application of Arm-R-Seal satin finish can be wiped on and evenly distributed while the wood lathe is turning at a low speed. Allow the wood finish to dry in a dust free area. Repeat this process until you are satisfied with the wood finish. Also, make sure to dispose of any potentially flammable rags  in an appropriate manner.

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Segmented woodturning - vase with wood finishDuring this finishing operation of the segmented woodturning, it is imperative to be safe and keep the wiping cloth away from the lathe chuck. Otherwise, the cloth could be grabbed by the spinning lathe chuck. For the same reason, it is also very important to use caution when applying the finish near the mouth opening of the vase. To avoid any chance of spontaneous combustion in the woodworking shop, remember to safely dispose of any and all rags containing flammable substances.

 

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Segmented Woodturning…A Vase of Walnut and Maple

Segmented Woodturning a Walnut & Maple Vase

Segmented Woodturning turned on a wood lathe 1

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.

Segmented Woodturning of Walnut and Maple 2

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.

Segmented Woodturning of Walnut and Maple 2 of walnut and maple 3

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.

The wooden vase has a mortise in its base

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Segmented Woodturning – a Vase of Maple, Mahogany, and Walnut

Segmented Woodturning – a Vase

Segmented Woodturning – a Vase of Maple, Mahogany, and Walnut

A few years ago I became influenced and inspired by the unique woodturnings and outstanding wood craft of of a creative genius named Lincoln Seitzman. Many of you may ask “Who’s he?” I did too. I was completely unfamiliar with his name and with his segmented woodturning. Lincoln had a career in the clothing industry and began woodturning when he retired. He is considered one of the early pioneers of this wood craft.

Segments cut and organized for a segmented woodturning vase

The segmented vase mounted to the wood lathe that is pictured in this post is my feeble and humble attempt to understand the process Lincoln used to create some of his fantastic vases that he produced. Now, I’ve only seen his works on my computer screen and I’ve been blown away by what I’ve seen. His creative work is part of the art collection at the White House. Check out his art and wood craft. You’ll be glad you did.

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Segmented Woodturning – Organizing the segments and rings

Segmented Woodturning – Organizing

Organizing the segments and the rings - Segmented woodturning

In segmented woodturning is important to keep the segments for each ring organized. Each ring varies in size and each ring has in this instance 12 segments plus 12 (3/16″)  spacers. There are a total of 360 pieces placed on the workbench that will comprise the vase for this segmented woodturning. Creating and preparing a segmented piece to turn on a wood lathe is very much like putting together a jigsaw puzzle. However, it can be simplified by taking the time to separate and then organize the segments. Organization helps the work flow because you know where everything is when it is time for gluing the segments into rings. As a result, you can feel comfortable and thereby develop a rhythm with your work.

Organizing segmented rings

The above photo shows the organization of segmented wood rings on the woodworking bench.  During the gluing and clamping  large hose clamps were fastened around the perimeters of the segmented  rings. The clamps were then fastened securely with the aid of a cordless impact driver and its mounted nut driver. After they are sent through the open drum sander each wood ring is then numbered to ensure their correct placement for assembly. Also notice the plans on the workbench that include the illustrations for the completed segmented woodturning.

 

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Segmented Woodturning – a Variety of Ring Sizes.

Segmented Woodturning – Ring Sizes

A variety of ring sizes - segmented woodturning

Some woodworkers wonder how to glue and clamp the rings for segmented woodturning projects. An adjustable hose clamp creates equal pressure for all the segment joints. The above photo shows how adjustable hose clamps are employed as clamping devices for the various sized segmented rings. As you can see some wood rings are stacked to give an idea of the developing shape. All the rings still need to be flattened on one side on the open drum sander.  They will be dimensioned to a parallel and uniform thickness at this time. The rings can then be aligned and glued one ring at a time. Once the yellow glue sets another ring can then be added and glued. It is then just a matter of repeating this process.

Segmented woodturning ring

The segmented rings for this segmented woodturning project will be aligned, stacked, and glued to form a vase. However, this is also the same wood turning procedure that a woodworker would employ to make a segmented bowl. The craft of segmented woodturning is cutting and fitting all these pieces of wood segments and getting tights joints so that a wooden bowl or vase has a basic shape. At least 80% of the work is cutting, fitting, and gluing the various wood segments. Then it is up to the woodturner to mount the piece to the wood lathe and then shape the woodturning project using various turning tools. Then it is a matter of sanding and then finishing the woodworking project to one’s satisfaction.

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