Segmented Projects

Segmented woodturning is loosely defined by creating wood blanks from assembling pieces of cut wood into a shape using glue. The shapes and sizes can be unlimited and only your imagination can restrict you.

Using different varieties of wood, you can get different coloring and shading which really lead to different designs.


Polka Dot BowlPolka Dot Bowl
By: Dennis Daudelin
This is another of my "beginner" segmented projects but has a fun twist. It uses "lamination trickery" to create polka dots on the outside of the bowl.

The bowl has only six sides so it's easy to create the feature ring for this bowl. The bowl much be centered perfectly on the lathe when you turn it to ensure that the polka dots are identical on each side of the bowl, but that's the only "hard" part to this project.

This is a wonderful project and this lamination trickery technique can be applies to many other turning projects. And all your friends are going to ask, "How did you do that?"... for me that's enough of a reason to make this bowl!


6-sided window bowl6-sided window bowl
By: Dennis Daudelin
I like to call this project, the Beginner's Segmented Bowl. It's only 4 rings high and the bottom ring is a flat piece of wood. So, you make only 2 segmented rings and you get to turn your first segmented bowl.

The bowl is make with 6 segments in each ring. The middle (feature ring) has 6 spacers separating the "windows" and giving the bowl a bit of excitement.

If you're new to segmented turning, the directions are extremely clear and designed to help you build that first segmented project! I hope that you'll give it a try!


Laminating Bottle StoppersLaminating Bottle Stoppers
By: Ed Davidson
Using dyed and stabilized wood, Ed shows how to create a laminated wood blank for making bottlestoppers. He also provides links to various chucking techniques. The results are stunning bottlestoppers.

If you're looking to make something a little bit different, you've now found it!


How to make a simple segmented pencil holder on the lathe How to make a simple segmented pencil holder on the lathe
By: Dimitris Klonos
In this brief tutorial, Dimitris explains how he cuts segments and glues them into the body of this pencil holder. Then he goes on to explain how he makes the bottom. This is a fun and easy project for beginner segmented woodturners to make.


Segmented Bowls using Dados and Splines (cut on a table saw)Segmented Bowls using Dados and Splines (cut on a table saw)
By: Steve Reznek
Cutting dados and filling them with splines can make interesting “segmented” turnings. The shapes can be as simple or as complex as you wish; or have patience for. In contrast to the n-sided ring approach where the interesting patterns usually are vertical, dados and splines are well suited to horizontal patterns. The patterns can be in the bottom of an ordinary bowl, as shown in most of the pictures. Alternatively they can be in the top of a closed pot or on a lid.


Making sailboat pattern on a bowlMaking sailboat pattern on a bowl
By: Pekka Svinhufvud
In this tutorial, I will show you how I make a sailboat feature ring that can be used with segmented turnings or with solid wood layers.


Turning CorianTurning Corian
By: Andy Chen
Corian was invented by DuPont in 1967. Originally it was based on acrylic polymer with particulates added to give it a granite look. There are many imitation products on the market since the DuPont patent ran out and they are collectively called "solid surface materials". Some of these are not acrylic based. To purchase these materials, you must be certified by the manufacturers. This also applies to the special adhesive that they sell. In this tutorial, I'll explain how to turn this segmented vase with corian.


Segmented Beads of Courage BoxesSegmented Beads of Courage Boxes
By: Al Miotke
Have you ever thought that your efforts as a woodturner could benefit a child facing a long term treatment program for serious health issues such as cancer and blood disorders?  I didn’t, until I learned about the Beads of Courage program started by an oncology nurse from Phoenix in 2003.   Once you know about the program, it’s guaranteed that you will be both moved and motivated.  Many of us have heard about this program since the woodturning community has been involved in providing lidded boxes to hospitals for many years. These boxes are used to hold beads that the kids get whenever they have a treatment, or show courage.  If you want to know more about the program check out the organizations website:


Turn a Combined Salt Shaker / Peppermill Grinder Turn a Combined Salt Shaker / Peppermill Grinder
By: Jason Swanson
We've all seen peppermill kits, and maybe even used them to make a peppermill. Some of us may have also made a salt mill to match. Backgate Industries has created a new kit that combines both functions in one device. I decided to use their kit to make this segmented combination salt and peppermill using staves.


Segmented Tubular SculptureSegmented Tubular Sculpture
By: Al Miotke
One of the fascinating aspects of segmented design is the ability to create sculptural forms that cannot be created with other turning techniques. One of the sculptural techniques called tubular construction was made popular by Malcolm Tibbetts with the many complex tangled forms that he has created in the past ten years. The subject of this article is the construction process for a similar form which was titled Victory. If you have completed a few ring segmented bowls and vases and are ready to tackle some more complex projects, a form using some of the techniques described in this article might be for you. You will find that most of the work for this project is done off the lathe but every ring was initially created on the lathe. Hopefully this article will give you some inspiration for your own adventure in tubular sculptures.


Segmented Pencil HolderSegmented Pencil Holder
By: Al Miotke
In this tutorial, I am going to describe the steps I used to make a pencil holder that was made as a Christmas gift for my daughter who is a teacher. Along the way I will list some of the different approaches you can consider and give some personal opinions. In the end it’s up to the reader to decide what the best technique is for you. As usual, there are wrong ways but there are also many right ways to accomplish a design goal.


Turning a Segmented PeppermillTurning a Segmented Peppermill
By: Jason Swanson
A hand-turned peppermill is a great conversation piece when guests come to dinner. They also make great gifts. And they are relatively easy to make, using the various kits available these days. For this tutorial, I am using the Artisan Series Peppermill kit from Craft Supplies USA.


Let's get DizzyLet's get Dizzy
By: Al Miotke
The techniques for making a bowl from a single board (called BFB, or bowl-from-a-board, in the segmented turning world) have been known for a long time. It’s a very efficient method for making a bowl with minimal use of wood and with some creative use of different woods and it can get very attractive results. In recent years this technique has been taken to new levels with the creation of what is commonly called a dizzy bowl. 


Segmented Bowls Using Dados and Splines: 'V' Grooves and FillersSegmented Bowls Using Dados and Splines: 'V' Grooves and Fillers
By: Steve Reznek
In the last article I wrote for More Woodturning Magazine, October 2015, I showed various approaches to using a table saw to cut dados in a board and splines to fill them. As that article said, the reason for using this approach to segmenting, rather than the usual one on n-sided rings, is to display the beauty of the grain in a single piece of wood. As such, the technique favors working on horizontal shapes, rather than vertical.


Multi-Generation LaminationsMulti-Generation Laminations
By: Al Miotke
If you are looking for a segmenting challenge, give a multi-generation feature ring a try. Starting with a simple lamination followed by good planning, and precise cutting, the possibilities are endless. The second generation design shown above will be explained in detail along with the tools and techniques required so you can create your own unique designs.


Making a Segmented Stave BoxMaking a Segmented Stave Box
By: Jason Swanson
Many of you know that I make peppermills from segmented staves. I demonstrated how to do this in a previous More Woodturning Magazine article (January 2016). Typical of many woodturners, I save all my cut-offs rather than throwing them out, knowing that someday I can come up with a useful purpose for every one of them. Today, I'm going to make a turned lidded box from one of the peppermill end cuts.


Turning a Three-Pointed BowlTurning a Three-Pointed Bowl
By: Andy Gunning
Like many turners, I have turned a number of bowls over the years and have looked for ways to enhance my bowls. I had the opportunity to see Mark St. Leger demonstrate his small rocking boxes, which served as an inspiration for turning a three-pointed bowl. Join me as I show you how I turn three-pointed bowls and see a wide range that I've turned.


Really! Making hollow forms without hollowing tools Really! Making hollow forms without hollowing tools
By: Al Miotke
I am often asked how I get such a nice looking finish on the inside of my segmented hollow forms. Others want to know what type of hollowing tools I use. There are also forms that appear to be impossible to hollow. So how is it accomplished? The answer to all these questions is a result of not using any hollowing tools on these segmented designs. If you are not familiar with how that is done, this article is for you. I will explain the process I use to turn a hollow form in two parts. We’ll discuss how to make sure the final product has good form, and how to accurately align the pieces for final attachment.  Although this article focuses on a segmented design, this same basic process can be used with solid wood turning. I will cover a few of the differences at the end of the article. 


Turning a Tealight Holder from ScrapwoodTurning a Tealight Holder from Scrapwood
By: Jason Swanson
I turn lots of peppermills and saltmills from segmented staves. I really love the way that I can match the colors to create beautiful turnings. But I end up with lots of remains from the turning process. I needed to figure out how to take the best advantage of this wonderful scrapwood. Follow along as I show you how I use some of this scrap wood to turn a tea light.


Layered Segmented Miniature BowlsLayered Segmented Miniature Bowls
By: Earl Martin
I have enjoyed seeing Jim McPhail’s miniature layered bowls. However, I wanted to do something a little different. I decided that turning a miniature layered bowl with a segmented center would be a nice variation on Jim’s technique. My problem was that I did not want to invest the time in cutting, fitting and gluing segmented pieces together to create a segmented center band.


Bowl from a BoardBowl from a Board
By: Bill Sontag
In this short tutorial, Bill shows us how he makes this beautiful bowl from a board using two different woods. He takes us through each step so that you can duplicate his bowl.


Open Segmented WoodturningsOpen Segmented Woodturnings
By: Colin Delory
In this tutorial, Colin shows us how he designs his open segmented vases. He then explains how he prepares his materials and assembles the vase for turning. If you've ever wondered how they have done it, Colin will explain it to you.


Building and Turning a Segmented Bowl: The “Brick Bowl”Building and Turning a Segmented Bowl: The “Brick Bowl”
By: Russell Brown


Creating Navaho Pattern RingsCreating Navaho Pattern Rings
By: Bill Kandler
In this tutorial, Bill Kandler, the owner of the Segmented Software Planner software shows us create navaho border patterns. The patterns are created using a multi-generation lamination and are easy to do once you've learned the process. This tutorial is a good way to get started in making your own feature rings.


Band saw bowlBand saw bowl
By: Tom Lohman
In this photo tutorial, Tom shows us a basic bandsaw bowl. Using two pieces of lumber, you draw ring sizes and then cut them out using the bandsaw at the correct angle for the size of your lumber. Tom will show you how to make this type of laminated bowl.


Stacked Lamination Stacked Lamination
By: Tom Lohman
This type of bowl is also often called a "dizzy bowl" and when you look at it, you can see why. In this photo tutorial, Tom walks us through each step of the design and layout. Then he shows us the critical step of band sawing thin layers from our working blank. Then he cuts the rings and assembles the layers into our turning blank. You'll have everything you need to know in this tutorial to make your own dizzy bowl.


Bowl From A BoardBowl From A Board
By: Tom Lohman
In this photo tutorial, Tom shows us how to layout and design a bowl from a board. He shows each step in the process so that you can duplicate his results.


Segmented Bowl DemoSegmented Bowl Demo
By: Jon Madzelan
In this photo journal, Jon shows us all the steps that he uses to create this segmented bowl. He starts with a "build plan" and then creates all the rings including the feature ring and then shows how it's turned on the lathe. This is a good way to see all the steps involved in making large segmented bowls.


Square in Circle Inlay TechniqueSquare in Circle Inlay Technique
By: David Reed Smith
In this tutorial, David shows us how he makes a square in a circle inlay which can be used in your turnings and segmented turnings. As always, David is extremely thorough and very safe. He explains how he makes a special table saw sled so that he can cut really thin lengths of wood without risk.

And then he does a great job of explaining how to make a glue-up jig which requires a specialized cut on the table saw. And then he goes about showing the actual glue-up process and finally the process to turn the inlays round which anyone who has tried can tell you is quite tricky!!

This is another excellent tutorial by David and teaches us some wonderful woodworking techniques in addition to woodturning techniques!


Pen Blank Segmented BowlsPen Blank Segmented Bowls
By: Malcolm Tibbetts
In this photo tutorial, Malcolm Tibbetts shows us how to use pen blanks as the raw material to make a "bowl from a board" project. The pen blanks are stabilized which makes them very strong and sturdy for this project. Your choices of woods and colors will make for a unique outcome which is guaranteed to be stunning.

Editors Note: I've made this project several times and the result is spectacular bowls. They are also the first thing that people are drawn to when they look at my turning collection.


A Bowl from a BoardA Bowl from a Board
By: Malcolm Tibbetts
In this project, Malcolm Tibbetts shows us how to glue up a turning blank using 40 segments and 40 splines. The splines are small sandwiches of maple veneer and ebony. The glued-up 1/2 round segments are cut into circles and then assembled into a bowl blank. From there the turning is easy and the outcome is stunning!


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