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Woodturning Essentials

The Segmented Vessel

with Jim Rodgers
Woodturning Essentials
Learn the multistep process of segmented turning as you create an exquisite vessel and add this impressive skill to your woodturning repertoire.

Advance your woodturning skills and learn how to design and construct a stunning segmented vessel. Join professional woodturner and woodturning instructor Jim Rodgers as he reviews basic steps in vessel construction, explains turning lingo and more. Discover three methods for cutting and find out how to build and calibrate a cutting sled. Then, get tips on cutting and gluing your segments with ease. Find out how to flatten your rings, assemble your vessel on faceplates and center your rings on the lathe. Jim will demonstrate how to turn the exterior to a planned shape and the interior to a uniform thickness. Finally, you’ll get tips on gluing your halves together, parting off the top of your vessel and sanding and sealing your vessel for stunning results.

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Lesson 1. Introduction to Segmented Turning

  • Meet your instructor, expert woodturner Jim Rodgers, and see how beautiful and creative segmented woodturning can be. Follow along as Jim teaches you the planning and math required to create these precise, artful pieces. Learn how to calculate each segment size to make a piece of any dimension as you create a detailed cut list.


Lesson 2. Building the Cutting Sled


Lesson 3. Cutting & Gluing the Segments


Lesson 4. Building the Vessel


Lesson 5. Turning the Vessel


Lesson 6. Completing the Vessel


Lesson 7. Final Steps & What's Next

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