|Project by TheDane||posted 05-17-2015 11:40 PM||6526 views||20 times favorited||8 comments|
I’m getting into segmented turning, and was looking at various designs for sleds or fixtures to cut segments when I found Jerry Bennett’s ’Wedgie Sled’ (plans and videos at http://www.segeasy.com ).
This sled uses two parallel fences, which enable you to cut grain-matched segments at perfect angles with virtually no sanding (you do have to knock off the ‘fuzzies’, but that’s about it).
The system uses a plastic wedge that is cut to precise angles to set the fences, and a stop that sits in the miter track of your saw to set the length of the segment. Once calibrated, the stop can be set with a caliper and will get you exact, repeatable cuts.
You can make a zero-clearance throat plate for your saw that has a ramp so the segments fall away from the blade as you cut them … no need to get your fingers near the blade.
The website has plans for building your own ‘Wedgie Sled’, as well as pre-cut plastic wedges in various degree angles for sale. Note that you don’t have to buy anything … the system will work with a standard 30/60 drafting triangle you can get at virtually any office supply or craft store.
Jerry Bennett’s videos show complete details on constructing and using the system … and if you like Country Music, Jerry Bennett is a fine musician and his renditions of some CW standards are worth turning up the sound as you watch the video!
This is a great system, and anyone interested in segmented turning should check it out.
-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"