Offset Open Segmented Vase Tutorial

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Firstly, you need to decide what type of form you want to make as this will dictate where the cut will need to be made and where the segments will be placed.

This is a basic segmented vase tutorial on how I go through the process of cutting, preparing, assembling and turning the offset vase.

Segmented Vase Purpleheart Wood
I chose Purpleheart for the main body of the piece and Beech for the segments.
The Purpleheart measures 150mm x 100mm x 100mm.
The Beech measures 270mm x 50mm x 6mm.

Segmented Vase Centre Line
Start off by marking a centre line along the blank. This is crucial as these marks will be used to align the two halves of the laminated piece. I then cut it at 15 degrees on the bandsaw

Segmented Jig
Mark a centre on the small piece then place on the segment jig and use a set of calipers to measure the outside edge of one of the segments. This gives you the measurement for each segment. In this case, it was 25mm.

I then use a jig on the bandsaw to cut the segments.I’m using 12 segments here so the cut angle is 15 degrees. These are then lightly sanded and placed in the jig.

A quick way to calculate the cut angle for segments is:
360 degrees ÷ 12 ( how many segments you want ) ÷ 2
360 ÷ 12 = 30
30 ÷ 2 = 15 degrees

Segmented Jig
The top section is the glued to the segments and the other half of the blank is turned upside down and used straighten the angle for even clamping

Turning a Segmented Vase - Jig Mounted
It’s then time to mount on the lathe and start to turn the outside shape and hollow out the form.

Finished Segmented Vase
Then, sand, apply your finish of choice and part off the lathe. This is the finished product.

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