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Hey guys I've been wanting some nice material for turning.

What would you pay for these?

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Hmmm ... they're only 1 and 5/8ths thick ... you could halve them for pen blanks, or use them for other small stuff like bottle opener handles perhaps. They aren't thick enough for pepper mills, maybe enough for bottle stoppers.

I don't think I'd buy them for turning (I don't do segmented work).

That said, mahogany is a very nice wood. I picked up a couple of pieces about 2" x 9" x 16" in the Rockler off-cuts bin for $2 apiece "just because"

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Forgive my ignorance but I was wanting to glue them up for bowls.

A bad Idea?

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Forgive my ignorance but I was wanting to glue them up for bowls.

A bad Idea?
Not a bad idea. Duncan just mentioned he does not do segmented turning.

Lots of people do segmented turning. Can be efficient from a wood utilization standpoint.

You may want to get some software to help on the design and the size of the pieces to cut/size of the board needed for the pieces.

I have only done one segmented bowl so far. I will do others in the future.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/m...ed-bowl-40860/

Sorry cannot advise what to pay for the boards though.

The different shades may mean different species.

Take a look at Phind's excellent site. Scroll down to "M" for mahogany. Very interesting.

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That mahogany is crap quality. Looks grown in a wet environment or "pushed". Make some knife or chisel handles out of some and direct your"bowling" efforts to something with figure and oil content.
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no thats not a bad idea that is the segmented turning he was talking about i think
if i was gonna do that i would rotate the grain patterns 90 degrees
i did that with some walnut and it looked good
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Thanks Dave,

I'm VERY new at turning and nowhere near Segmented projects.

When I said 'gluethem up" what I meant was laminate them one atop the other(s).

Similar to this, my first (and only) turning so far.


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Thanks Dave,

I'm VERY new at turning and nowhere near Segmented projects.

When I said 'gluethem up" what I meant was laminate them one atop the other(s).

Similar to this, my first (and only) turning so far.
This way also works, you are just more constrained on the size of the project.
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Yeah I'll be limited as to diameter but not so much on height.

And the poorer quality doesn't bother me so much to me.

I'm just starting out with turning. Nothing I do at this point is gonna be heirloom quality anyway.

I can't spend money on highest quality material now anyway.

My intent was to practice and learn, hoping I can make something decent.

Given that it's poor quality and suits my purposes for the time being is $2.00 each ok to pay.

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i am saying the same thing as you are
i gave my bowl away my wife tells me or i would take a picture and show you
i had walnut 1x6x12" that i glued together to make a 12x12
then stacked them 4 high to make a 12x12x4" deep
that make better sense?
all i meant by segmented was i think if you glue wood together it is segmented
sorry bout the confusion
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Yeah, I wish!

Mahogany-47748d1342227933t-my-first-segmented-bowl-segmented_bowl_side.jpg

Nice work!

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Given that it's poor quality and suits my purposes for the time being is $2.00 each ok to pay.
I would say $2 each is a good deal for some practice wood.

FYI, I find small diameter and deeper vessels to be more challenging.

The old bowl gouges do not make the tight radius so easily.

If you do not want to get into segmented turning, another option is a laminated bowl. These are fun.

This is a link to a pair I did last year.

I cut out the top portion on the bandsaw, saves wood and sawdust.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/f13/f...-prefer-41442/

Unlike the segmented bowls, these are easy to determine the pieces to cut out.
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i am saying the same thing as you are
i gave my bowl away my wife tells me or i would take a picture and show you
i had walnut 1x6x12" that i glued together to make a 12x12
then stacked them 4 high to make a 12x12x4" deep
that make better sense?
all i meant by segmented was i think if you glue wood together it is segmented
sorry bout the confusion
Thanks Robert. That makes perfect sense.

Being so new to turning, the confusion was all mine.

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That's really nice Dave.


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I have some maple, teak and oak on hand for something like that.

I'll review your thread for sure.

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Well the seller hasn't returned my
e.mail but I'll keep you posted.

Hopefully this'll turn into a bowled thread.


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No such luck gents. The seller e.mailed me that he had sold out.

I'll make a trip to Albuquerque Hardwoods to see what they have in the way of drop offs.

Thanks again for your replies

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