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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.

 


 

The Apprentice and The Journeyman University

The 5 Most Important Power Tools in my Woodworking Shop

As a beginning woodworker I was fortunate to have attended a two year woodworking/carpentry program. I was even more blessed to have a wonderful man named Mr. Wagner as an shop instructor during this time. He was the best. There were 12 students in the class and we learned how to use hand and power tools. We started off by learning to use and maintain basic and specialty hand tools and then we eventually moved on to using the woodworking stationary dado, dado sled, power woodworking tools, woodworking tools, machines.

It was then that I decided that I would have my own woodworking shop and I started to think about what tools for woodworking I would want for my shop. Interestingly enough, my choice of the 5 best woodworking machines is still the same today as it was back then. The power woodworking tools that follow are listed in the order of importance in my shop.

Table Saw
The table saw is the heart of the wood shop as so many functions can be performed especially with the use of woodworking jigs and sleds. (Miter Sled and Dado Sled.)

Jointer
The jointer is great acquiring a flat, smooth, and straight surface. It can be a narrow edge or as wide as the jointer knives.

Planer
The planer works well for surfacing and dimensioning material quickly. Start with a jointed surface and make the opposite surface parallel.

Band Saw
The band saw is wonderful for cutting straight, cutting curves, or slicing wood veneer.

Drill Press
The drill press when set up with a drill press table is very accurate for boring holes along with other functions such as sanding.

Recommended Video… Let’s Build a Drill Press Table

When it comes to power tools my shop woodworking revolves around these wood machines.

Your choices may indeed differ than mine and that’s OK as woodworkers have a variety needs in this wood craft. There are a few woodworking tools that I absolutely love that I left off this list such as the wood lathe, the open end drum sander, and a good compound mitre saw. For me they would be a close 6, 7 and 8.

Just curious tho…What would be your top 5 power woodworking tools for the shop?


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Segmented Woodturning…a new Fruit Bowl

Segmented woodturning...2 halves of a wooden Fruit bowl
Segmented turning…a fruit bowl being made.

Segmented Woodturning

Segmented woodturning is a woodworking craft that was introduced to me about 3 1/2 years ago. It was at this time that I came upon a woodworking magazine in a bookstore that made a positive impact on me and my woodworking. On the cover of this magazine was a unique segmented woodturning sculpture by a very talented segmented woodturner, Malcom Tibbets. Immediately, I knew that I was seeing something in the woodworking craft that I had not seen before. This was wood art that was quite extraordinary and it was easy to see that Malcolm was pushing the boundaries of woodturning. If you’d like to learn more about segmented woodturning you owe it to yourself the check out Malcolm’s great instructional book, “The Art of Segmented Wood Turning.”

 “The fool who persists in his folly will become wise.”

William Blake…English Romantic Poet (1757-1827)

 Now, I like challenges when it comes to woodworking because it is a good test of one’s skills. It is a challenge that allows the craftsman to broaden their abilities. A wood project that provides a challenge like this also requires inspiration and there’s always the risk of failure when learning something new. This was the time that I decided to sharpen my woodturning gouges and prepare myself to tackle segmented woodturning.

My first bowl of segmented  woodturning was a fruit bowl made of beautiful black walnut, cherry, and white oak. It measures 12 1/2″ in diameter and 4-1/2″ high. As I started making this wooden bowl I realized the critical importance of getting the angles of the saw blade right for accurate compound miters. There are 12 staves for this wood bowl and the angles have to meet dead-on for the bowl to be made successfully. I created more of a challenge for myself by adding vertical spacers of white oak in between the mitered staves for this wooden bowl. Before long there would be other segmented bowls to follow.

Segmented Woodturning - Fruit Bowl
Miter joints being cut on a compound miter saw.

Before I cut the staves for segmented woodturning, I always practiced making the angled cuts on the 10″ compound miter saw.  Scrap MDF was used to see if the miter angles were now in fact accurate. This took a little time and patience to get it just right. Eventually, I got six staves to form the walls of half of a bowl. All miters matched up fine, but the two outsides angles were not quite flat when laid on the surface of the table saw. They were close, but just slightly off. However, I figured that I could sand the outside angles to have the remaining joints meet properly. (After this experience, I started using Wixey digital angle gauge and Wixey digital protractor to set the angle of saw blades when cutting compound miters.)

Segmented Woodturnings - a Fruit Bowl
Segmanted woodturning…sanding the miter of a fruit Bowl.

As a wood turner I look back on this segmented woodturning project and remember this moment of learning this woodcraft. Handmade bowls are fun and creative. Moreover, the making of these segmented bowls requires total attention to detail along with a commitment to accuracy from start to finish. As I look back I know that I have gained experience from taking on this challenge of wood lathe work. Between that time and now other woodworking challenges have been created as well to add to my level of skills. However, when you look back at a breakthrough wood project you come to understand who you are as a woodworker just a little bit better. For me, growth can only happen if there is a challenge and the challenge is always easier to take on when there is inspiration.

 

Watch Segmented Woodturning Videos:

Segmented Woodturning a 9″ x 12″  Vase

Segmented Woodturning a Fruit Bowl – Part 1

Segmented Woodturning a Fruit Bowl – Part 2

 



 

Wood Lathe Accessories

Oneway Talon Chuck System

Oneway Live Center

Wolverine Vari-Grind Attachment

Oneway Wolverine Grinding Jig

Mini Jumbo Jaws for ONEWAY Talon Chuck

Sorby Standard Turning Tool Set, 6 Pieces

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