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with Jim Rodgers
Online Class

Woodturning Essentials: The Segmented Vessel

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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.


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h39m

Included in this Class

1.    Introduction to Segmented Turning

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.

2. Building the Cutting Sled

2. Building the Cutting Sled

Now that you have your cut list, Jim offers tips for making sure your pieces are exact. He'll advise you on tool choice, and demonstrate proper technique so that you get precise cuts every time, whether with a chop saw or a table saw. Learn to build a custom cutting sled that you can calibrate to create perfectly identical segments.

3. Cutting & Gluing the Segments

3. Cutting & Gluing the Segments

Cut your pieces and organize them using Jim's simple numbering system. Find out where to sand and then assemble each set of segments into a ring. Discover different methods for gluing your rings to make sure they're secure and round.