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.