Gary Beasley

Shenanigans on the lathe today

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Ive been working on my first open segment bowl today. I cut wood for it yesterday and glued up a base. It has 18 segs to the ring, sassafrass for the background wood, black walnut and yellowheart for the feature pattern. Im usng the jig Earl Rasmussen developed and featured on his youtube channel, Earls Small Segment Shop. More later

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Hardly seems like shenanigans to me. I've always admired Earl's jig and will probably build one some day...after I finish the dust collection arm, and the wedgie sled, and...and...and...

Looks like it's going to be a rather wide bowl/platter. Approximate dimensions and shape you're hoping to achieve?

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2 hours ago, Bombarde16 said:

Hardly seems like shenanigans to me. I've always admired Earl's jig and will probably build one some day...after I finish the dust collection arm, and the wedgie sled, and...and...and...

Looks like it's going to be a rather wide bowl/platter. Approximate dimensions and shape you're hoping to achieve?

Its going to be about 12” wide and 5 to 6” tall. It going to look a bit like a basket.

The jig is pretty cheap from chefware kits, not even worth the time to built it yourself.  You can upgrade to a full kit with index wheel too, just need the jacobs chuck from elsewhere.

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It wound up being a lot taller because I was using 3/4” tall segments instead of the 1/2” specified in the plans I drew up. Final size 7 3/4” tall and 12” wide. 1/2” thick walls.

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Ive seen turnings like that down to an 1/8”, most common is 1/4”. This is my first so Im taking baby steps with thick walls.

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Very slick! 

Turning sequence?  I would guess form the mating surfaces, then turn the outside then hollow the hemispheres?

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Right. Took a bit of careful work. Almost ruined the bottom piece when I turned it too thin and it blew out but I was able to sand the edges back on the disc sander and glue some fresh wood to it and finish it out.

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Not yet, but it appears that you are forming one.  And it's still going to leak, especially if that's it's primary function.

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I suspect an open segment vessel would be great for pouporri and any other smellgood potions. Might even work as a yarn bowl, you could put several balls in and feed them out all over the place. For the most part though they are made to be looked at, like those antiquey chinese vases folks make such a fuss over.

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Gary, I helped a turner friend of mine to turn some square stock for me into mallet handles and that was a white knuckle experience. Why do all sharp woodworking things have to turn toward you :mellow:? BTW, check the pressure on your fire extinguisher. That is one of the 2M that were recalled. 

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If you let a woodturning tool turn towards you youre doing it wrong. Done right the gouge is shaving the wood off a bit like a hand plane does. A little spindle work like mallet handles is light work. Try spinning a 16” wide 40lb chunk of wood a 500-800 rpm. Thats can be a bit disconcerting.

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Found a new video Glenn Lucas put out. Hes an Irish production woodturner who comes to the US to participate in seminars. I had the pleasure of sitting in on several of his presentations at the Woodturning Southern Style symposium in Dalton one year and sitting with him for dinner. He does his own video work as well so you can see hes quite talented all round.

 

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That's a beautiful piece of wood Gary! 

Dang it, I gotta stop reading turning threads. I don't have a lathe (yet).

I shouldn't think about a lathe (slaps head).

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