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Secrets Revealed, Segmented Rims

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Tips' started by Jim Bremer, Jun 10, 2005.

  1. Jim Bremer

    Jim Bremer

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    If you have the skill and like a challenge, try turning a bowl with a segmented rim. Here is my step-by-step process. It takes patience, persistence, and an intuitive sense of tool application to pull this off.
     

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  2. Claude

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    Superb realization Jim
    and thanks for the tips
     
  3. Claude

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    Jim, may I ask you which woods you have been using to do this master piece?
     
  4. Jim Bremer

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    Woods used

    This bowl consists of Osage Orange, Ebony, Red Heart, and Maple.
     
  5. Tony

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    Jim:

    Awesome! What software do you use for drawing the segment template?

    Thanks.

    Tony
     
  6. Jim Bremer

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    I use Freehand, but I don't have the latest version. Illustrator or any drawing program will work as this is pretty simple stuff.
     
  7. Malcolm Tibbetts

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    Jim,
    I’m sure many novice segmenters appreciate your instructions – nice job. I do have a concern regarding the potential cross-grain glue joint, which is created between the segmented ring and two sides of the solid wood bowl. In the example that you illustrate (72 segments), it’s probably not a huge concern, but you suggest that “If you are doing this for the first time, scale your plan to 6 to 12 segments.†Using as few as 6 segments will create very wide (long) cross-grain joints on two sides of the bowl. This is really asking for trouble as long-term wood movement will put excessive stress on those joints.

    Just my opinion.
     
  8. Jim Bremer

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    Good point

    I've actually never done a segmented bowl with only six pieces. My point was to scale down to something simpler, and twelve would probably be better.
     

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