Turning Segmented Platters

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Blog entry by Steuss posted 08-08-2011 11:29 PM 8618 reads 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Shown here are several segmented platters I designed and turnied in my workshop. When I attempted to glue the parts, I found that it was impossible to do with standard band-clamps or pipe-clamps

So I had to develop an entirely new clamp which I call the Surround-Clamp It worked great! I was thinking of putting it on the market, but the Bessey clamp people discouraged me. I still think it is a great idea and am now offering the plans to those interested by e-mail. Also, I have several copies of the finished product which I will sell at my cost to clear the storage space.

If you are adventurous and liike to try something new, please contact me. This is a clamp which combines the versatility of a band-clamp with the sturdiness of a pipe-clamp. I had searched for this solution for clamping in two directions at once for 25 years and finally found the answer to the

I’ll be glad to share this with you if you e-mail me at


-- Dick, Novato

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#1 posted 08-09-2011 02:38 AM

Now that’s a cool idea!! Bessy probably wants to snag it for themselves.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-09-2011 05:30 AM

Awesome designs!

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#3 posted 11-19-2011 05:03 AM

That is very cool. I would be interested in checking one out.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 12:04 PM

I’m new to woodwork and turning and am struggling with the whole clamping/gluing up process. I have very limited funds so have been turning spindles from small offcuts and scrap wood. Would love to learn the art of ‘segmenting’ and get the gluing/clamping right so i can (teach myself how to) make larger items- your work is awe inspiring!
Any chance you still have plans available? I tried emailing but it bounced back. Guessing your email changed in the last 5 yrs or the UK still has problems with aol.

Any hints/advice about cutting/placing/gluing the segments very gratefully received

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