hi fellow lumberjocks i was asked a number of times to explain how i did the feature i am self taught and learned by making loads of mistakes and lots of fire wood ,so this is the system i use there may be a harder way if any one has any ideas please let me know i am always willing to learn new things .
well i start the feature ring by making a laminate board with a 3/8 by 1 ’’strip of purple hart for the middle .
then 2 stripes of wengy at 3/16 by i’’ .then 2 stripes of 3/8 by 1’’ iroko .and 2 stripes of maughney at 3/4 by 1’‘
then glue them to gether you start witch the purple heart in the center with the two wenge on either sides glue and clamp when the glue is set then glue on the two iroko and clamp them when the glue is set glue on the 2 maughney .
i find it better to do it in stages it keeps the sstrips from sliding about so much
when the glue has set it is time to cut it into segments the first thing is to set your miter sled at 50 degree angel you can cut them at any angel but different angels will give you different lengths of segments but that is for another day for this feather ring i cut thees at 50 degree angel set your stop block on the miter sled at 13/16 from the blade that is the size you will need to cut the segments if we cut them any bigger it will make the feather ring to thick
you will need to cut 24 segments
when the glue is set over night set your miter sled at 15 degrees and set the segment against the stop block and at cut one end of the segment as close to the v as possible
when you have the 12 segments cut on one side you will need to reset your stop block to cut the segments on the other side the idea is to keep the segments as long as possible the longer the segments the bigger the ring will be if the segment is 3 inches long you will end up with a ring of 11 and a half about 11 and 1/8 when turned
when you have all 12 segments cut all the same size it is very importing to have the segments all cut exactly the same size and at the same point of the design if the are not it will show up when you glue up but you can use a space in between each segments help to split up the patron the spacer is cut at 90 degree about 1/8 or a 1/4 thick the choice is yours
now that the glue up is all done just sand it flat and desing your bowl or vase around the featcher ring
hope this will help to explain some of the questions i was asked sorry it took me so long to do this blog but the pen and i don’t get on to well not my strongest point if you have any problem or don’t understanding any thing please don’t be afraid to ask all questions and comments welcome