Turning Segmented Wooden Bangles
on the Wood Lathe
by Don Jovag

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 978-0-7643-4962-1

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 187

The appearance of segmented wooden bangles can be stunning. The interplay of various species produces patterns that transform the relatively simple ring shape of the bangle into a highly attractive dress accessory.

The author, a qualified woodworking teacher with some 30 years experience, clearly has a penchant for segmented turning. The title of his previous book was Segmented Bowls for the Beginning Turner.

Both books include instructions for making two tablesaw fixtures that assist in accurately cutting the segments required for this kind of woodturning.

Turning Segmented Wooden Bangles begins with a guide to designing a bangle. This is followed by instructions for making the fixtures mentioned above and then a description of the methods used for machining stock and cutting segments.

Chapter 4 covers the actual turning of a bangle, while Chapter 5 introduces Special Design Techniques which allow the creation of more unusual segmented designs.

The book ends with a Gallery which explores some of the possibilities of this intriguing category of specialised woodturning.

The text is easily read and illustrated by many informative photos.

The book should appeal to woodturners of virtually every level of experience and the work has the advantage that it does not require a large or expensive lathe.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



How to Use This Book
Overview of Segmented Bowls
Tools Required

Chapter 1: Designing a Bangle

Chapter 2: Building Fixtures

Chapter 3: Machining Stock and Cutting Segments

Chapter 4: Turning the Bangle

Chapter 5: Special Design Techniques
- Making a Wedge Bangle
- Round Inlays
- Spacers between Segments
- Designing with Grain in Mind

Appendix: Design Gallery
- Simple Designs
- Stair Step Designs
- Symmetrical Designs
- Designs with Spacers
- Designing with Grain
- Wedge Designs
- Designing with Plugs
- Combining Techniques