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Blog entry by lew posted 185 days ago 875 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some time back, I made a small, box shaped holder for some of Mimi’s kitchen utensils. Everyone has a few things that won’t fit into the drawer or hang on the wall. Over time, it apparently shrunk- I guess the wood dried out- because nothing seemed to fit.

I wanted to try doing another segmented turning, so this project was born.

Cap’n Eddie has a video on making a dedicated jig for cutting segments. Using his ideas and borrowing a few from Frank Howarth’s miter sled. I made a jig/sled for cutting 16 piece segments.

I always end up eventually pushing my sleds too far into the blade so recently I’ve been adding stops to help prevent this.

I added a large headed bolt to the cast iron wing and glue, or screw, a block onto the bottom of the sled.

Once the sled was finished, I milled the stock for the kitchen holder. They were all pieces of scrap- Maple, Oak, Walnut, Cherry and a thin piece of Purple Heart.

Then, cut the segments. I was encouraged by the fit (after a little fence tweaking). These pieces are just held with masking tape.

Experience, from too many failures, has taught me that the grass is always greener over the septic tank. So I decided not to attempt to glue the entire “circle” in one step. Making two halves would be better.

...and I’m glad I did-

When the two halves were placed together, they did not fit! Fortunately, at this stage, there is an easy fix. A couple of pieces of PSA sand paper on a flat surface and a few passes of the semicircles

The ends now fit fine-

Glue and clamp the halves-

Once all of the circles are done, I used the shop made ring press to glue and clamp the pieces together.

Then added threaded lathe wood chuck/waste blocks

Once it all dried, it was on to the turning. I turned the outside round and added the steady rest.

Turned the inside to a wall thickness of about 3/8”

Sanded, finished (a couple of applications of Ty Fine Finishes) and parted off the holder.

Mimi said she really likes it. She said it goes well with her other stuff-

Thanks for looking!

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



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Pimzedd

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#1 posted 185 days ago

Nice work and great post Lew. Thanks.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#2 posted 185 days ago

Wow

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 185 days ago

Lew; A great job. So are you going to tweak the jig again so you don’t have to do the sanding to get the 2 half’s to fit perfectly.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Karson

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#4 posted 185 days ago

Lew you might try a Bird's mouth router bit to see if it would give you the perfect cutting angle. You cut the router cut in your long stick and then cut on the chop saw. to the thickness wanted.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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grizzman

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#5 posted 185 days ago

that is really sweet, thanks lew, i love seeing your work, once more special piece added to the lewis museum..i bet mimi smiles all the time having a home filled with beautiful wood works…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 185 days ago

Great idea Lew, and beautifully done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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Roger

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#7 posted 185 days ago

Super pics, and super builds. WowZa!!

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Woodwrecker

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#8 posted 184 days ago

Nice job Lew.
You sure have that segmented stuff down-pat.
Mimi is a lucky gal having you around !

-- Having fun...Eric

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Sam Shakouri

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#9 posted 184 days ago

It is very nice utensil holder and I like it because I like segmenting turning. I would use drop saw to cut my segments. I usually cut at 15 degree segment of 12 piece ring and therefor I fixed a drop saw at this degree after I sacrificed first few rings of pine until I had perfect cut.I keep that saw only for this angle. In case I needed different angle, I would do that sacrifice again. But there are another two factors for perfect segmented ring in addition to perfect angle, A) the length of segments must be exactly the same. B) the cut must be vertical. If you had all those three factors, you would not need any correction after.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Jim Bertelson

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#10 posted 184 days ago

Looks great Lew, fits all the other fine kitchen originals. Just trucking along here, not much happening. Sherie has been out of town most of the last two weeks, which keeps me hopping with the chores at home. On call this weekend, kind of busy. Tomorrow is off, and then things should quiet down a bit.

Just took a break from my current big shop project and have just about finished a long narrow strip jig for the table saw. Should have made it a long time ago, I cut a lot of 1/8” pine stripping to cover plywood edges for shop objects. Seems to handle abuse well, looks good, and is easy to install.

Have a good one, hope the bad weather has been missing you….........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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oldnovice

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#11 posted 184 days ago

Very good looking, right at home with other kitchen projects, and obviously very useful.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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lew

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#12 posted 184 days ago

Bill and Rick- Thanks!

Karson- Thanks! Great idea on those router bits. Sure would take the work out of tweaking a jig.

Bob- Thanks! Afraid the Lewis Museum will be pretty small!

John, Roger and Eric- Thanks!!

Sam- Thank you for the suggestions, they are really appreciated and I’ll try to incorporate them into my next one.

Jim- Thanks! We have had a good old fashion winter here. Lots of cold and it snows some every couple of days. You would think the world is coming to an end if you believed the news/weather people. I use my thin strip jig every now and then. Mostly for the same thing you mentioned. Hope the family is well and you are surviving the bachelor life.

Oldnovice”- Thank You!

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

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woodsmithshop

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#13 posted 183 days ago

good looking collection, I bet there will be more added to it.

-- Smitty!!!

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lew

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#14 posted 183 days ago

Thanks, Smitty!!

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

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mafe

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#15 posted 182 days ago

Really cool.
So nice to see your work step by step here.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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