05: Gluing Bowl Segments – Part 4

In this video the individual stave-type segments will be glued together using a “rub joint”. No clamps are used in this process. Franklin Type 2 adhesive is being used. As the stave segments are rubbed together you will feel the glue start to “grab”. At this point stop the rubbing action and hold the joint together with hand pressure for about 30 seconds or more. The staves being glued together should then be set to the side until the glue dries. Place a construction shim under the one side to help support the weight of the stave to keep if from pulling apart while drying. Shims of various thicknesses will be used as we go from the gluing process. After the quarter bowl has been created then you will glue two quarters together to form one-half of the bowl. It should be noted that woods react differently to rub joint process. Mahogany is not a recommended wood when attempting to assemble a stave-type bowl together using a rub joint. For whatever reason, the glue joint acts and appears to be starved creating a weak link in the process.

Lees Summit Tribune Article

June 16, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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We would like to thank the Lees Summit Tribune and Linda Ahern for choosing “The Handson Woodworker” as their feature article for the June 6th paper.   It was a surprise when Linda told me that she was going to do the article.  The whole process started with me inquiring about running an advertisement for the HOW business concept.  After hearing about our idea and seeing the website she had decided to print the article.  Many thanks to you and your staff at the Tribune!

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Hickory/Walnut Counter Top

June 4, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
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This counter top was made for a friend to go in his country house.  It is made out of  hickory and trimmed in walnut.  Biscuits were used in all the joints and then it was glued to 3/4″ plywood.  It turned out pretty cool and looked great in his kitchen.

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Nursery Projects

April 15, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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100_1125After I found out that we were expecting our first child, I knew that it was going to take a little work to get the nursery set up.  For the room itself, I decided I wanted up put up wainscoting around the room.    Since I planned on painting the wainscoting, I built everything out of  mdf except for the top molding that I made out of pine.  I used 1/2″ mdf for the raised panels and side rails and  5/8″ mdf for the top and bottom rails.  Read more

Segmented Bowl Demo at KC Woodworkers Guild

April 14, 2009 by · 1 Comment
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Turning a Segmented Bowl with Jay Helland
By Shelly Taylor (Kansas City Woodworkers’ Guild)

Jay Helland did a wonderful presentation on the process of making a stave-type segmented bowl at the September meeting. To honor his mentor, Sonny Sharrar, from who he learned the art of bowl making, Jay began with a poem by D.H. Lawrence:

Things men have made with wakened hands, and put soft life into
Are awake through years with transferred touch and go on glowing
For long years and for this reason, some old things are lovely
Warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them.

Sonny may no longer be with us but the beauty of his work lives on.bowl-14

A stave-type segmented bowl basically consists of three main parts – the bowl body, the bowl base, and the decorative top ring. Each part involves a series of subassemblies that comes together to complete the bowl. What follows is an overview of the process as well as resources for you to access if you’d like to make one of these beautiful bowls yourself!

First, of course, you must design your bowl and Jay suggests “you begin with the end in mind.” For design ideas, consult bowl-making books or peruse the Internet where there are lots of websites posted by craftsmen displaying their work. Or you may want to look at Southwest pottery for design ideas. Decide on the rough dimensions of the bowl – the major and minor diameters and the overall height – and draw (by freehand or using drafting tools/programs) the bowl’s profile on graph paper folded in half. Cut it out with scissors and determine the angle of the bowl side by measuring from the vertical center line to the inside angle. Jay uses Kevin Neely’s Compound Angle Computer Program to then calculate the dimensions of the individual segments of the bowl.

The particular bowl that Jay demonstrated making via slides and video clips contained twelve segments in its body. Jay cut the stave segments on a table saw using a compound angle cutting sled that he had modified for the task from a Kreg Miter Jig, using a gauge to set the angle determined for his design. He cut veneer strips to place between each segment and then glued up the staves one by one in quarter segments. pedal-bowlJay used Tight Bond 2 on the side of each of two staves and then rubbed the segments together until he felt the “grab” of the pieces. He then stopped and held the two stave segments together for 20 – 30 seconds for the glue to set and put the pieces on a granite work table with shims to hold them in place to dry. Two quarters of 3 stave segments each were then glued together to make a half and the halves were sanded on a disc sander to flatten their sides to prevent gaps. Next, the two halves were glued together and held by rubber bands for pressure until the glue dried. Once the stave segments of the bowl body were securely attached to one another, Jay used a drill press to mill the top and bottom of the bowl and so flatten each edge parallel to the other. He then made a face plate by drawing a circle the size of the bowl’s diameter and glued it onto the top of the bowl. He attached it to a lathe and turned the outside of the bowl body. Jay completed the making of the body of the bowl by cutting a mortise into the bottom to receive the tenon of the bowl base that he was ready to construct next.

The base of Jay’s bowl design involved making an eight point star medallion, the individual pieces of which he cut on a band saw. When he completed making the medallion, he attached it to a face plate and cut a mortise on the lathe. Likewise, Jay cut a tenon on the base to which to fit the medallion and the bowl base was glued to the body of the bowl. Jay attached this to a face plate and then turned the inside of the bowl.

Jay constructed the third and final part of the bowl, the bowl ring, from sixteen segments of alternating wood and glued it to the top of the bowl. All three parts of the bowl were now together and Jay attached the bowl to a face plate for turning the bowl ring on the lathe. One last step in the construction of the bowl involved “reverse chucking” in which the bottom of the bowl is turned so that it won’t wobble on a flat surface.bowl-15

Of course, Jay beautifully finished the bowl as well and used a combination of 1/3 polyurethane, 1/3 boiled linseed oil, and 1/3 tung oil that he applied liberally and allowed to penetrate for ten minutes. He then wiped it off and let the finish dry for 24 hours before lightly rubbing with 4/0 steel wool. He repeated these steps a few times to get the surface quality he wanted and then applied paste wax with 4/0 steel wool and buffed with a clean cloth. Voila! A gorgeous one-of-akind stave-type segmented bowl had been created that would make Sonny Sharrar proud.

Wooden Tractor

March 29, 2009 by · 2 Comments
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This is a wooden tractor that I made for my grandfather. I tried to find plans for a tractor like this but I was not able to. I was about to give up until I saw my neighbors John Deere tractor. I borrowed it and took all my measurements. It took me a good solid week to complete this project. It is made from maple and walnut. Everything was handmade except the dowel rod and plugs used for the wheels. After I completed the tractor I knew that I would need to build an enclosed case to keep the grandkids out.

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