Open Segment Project "Interwoven"

Bluemax

PRO Member
Thanks Bluemax, that was basically my thought as well. I did end up doing a bit of rough turning on the outside this morning as well. I first used Power sanding to take the corners down and then used my small Easy Wood carbide cutter to take a bit more. What is your tool of choice? Bob had recommended the Thompsons 1/4 Detail Gouge. I think Tom Lohman uses the Easy Wood as well.
I also use the mid size easy wood finisher for some but I also have a set of nano turning tools which has a round carbide cutter ( tool is about 9" long) that works well. Since it is smaller it takes less effort to get a small cut which I think puts less pressure on the bowl. If you search nano woodturning you will find their site. They have some you tube videos as well.They have one nice feature. They sell a sharpening set up for their carbide cutters. When making smaller turnings the tools work well. I use them quite a bit. I don't have a detail gouge but I don't like to use small bowl gouge on open turnings. I don't seem to have the knack for not catching the edge and ripping off a row. I'm not a expert turner like most of you so that probably is the source of my problem. Both of my bowl gouges are ground to the Ellsworth edge.
 

Glenn McCarron

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I also use the mid size easy wood finisher for some but I also have a set of nano turning tools which has a round carbide cutter ( tool is about 9" long) that works well. Since it is smaller it takes less effort to get a small cut which I think puts less pressure on the bowl. If you search nano woodturning you will find their site. They have some you tube videos as well.They have one nice feature. They sell a sharpening set up for their carbide cutters. When making smaller turnings the tools work well. I use them quite a bit. I don't have a detail gouge but I don't like to use small bowl gouge on open turnings. I don't seem to have the knack for not catching the edge and ripping off a row. I'm not a expert turner like most of you so that probably is the source of my problem. Both of my bowl gouges are ground to the Ellsworth edge.
"Expert Woodturner" is a bit of a stretch if your referring to me. LOL "Expert Risk Taker" I could buy. I will typically pick a project that is way beyond my normal just to push my own boundaries. I learn a lot on this forum as members don't mind adding their opinions. This project was one of those A HA moments when I was playing with Segment Pro and this is what evolved.
 

Glenn McCarron

PRO Member
One thing I am liking about this pattern is that it shows well from the outside as well as the inside. If I had a choice I would say the inside is better but some designs look great inside but are so so outside. Anyone else notice this?
 

Bob Beaupre

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Staff member
The first photo (P1000960) shows 4 strips of 1/8" walnut, glued together at the end that is away from the saw blade. The clamping block is just a single block of fir held down with the clamp on the right. The saw blade cuts through the clamping block and so the block holds down both the longer stock and the little segments. I use two stop blocks, each held down with its own clamp. That way you can unclamp one (which one depends on whether you want your next group of segments larger or smaller), insert a feeler gauge (photo 2, P1000961), reclamp that block and move the other one snug up to the first one. I find that I can get the SEL to within .001-.005 pretty easily. The stop blocks are cut at the appropriate angle for the segments. I hope this helps.
I also find that taking the "fuzzies" off of the uncut stock with some 320 sandpaper between cuts is beneficial otherwise they prevent getting the SEL exactly right and you can end up with some segments narrower than they should be.
Hi Brent, was wondering if your sled is dedicated for a specific segment count, or is it adjustable?
 

Bob Beaupre

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Staff member
Not sure if I had show my cutting sled that was modelled from the one that Brent had show earlier in this thread.

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Works really good and adjusting the SEL is easy with a feeler gauge. Who would have thought woodworking you could use feeler gauges and digital calipers. Now when you measure something and it's off by .001 you try to get it better!
Glenn, is your sled dedicated for 72 segment or is it adjustable?
 

Glenn McCarron

PRO Member
Row 20 now on. Didn't think I would get this one on today but that's it until tomorrow.

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That makes 1369 pieces on and 576 to go, or 8 more rows.
 
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