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Project by TheDane posted 05-17-2015 11:40 PM 6994 views 20 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

The project that was in-progress when these pictures were taken is finished and is here: Click for details

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"





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Dutchy

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 06:35 AM

Handy to. Handsome disign.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 01:55 PM

Your bowl looks like it has nice tight joints. I need to make myself one of those sleds.

-- Julian

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 07:31 PM

Gerry the website did not open for me??

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 09:38 PM

Hawaiilad—Give it a shot now … there was a problem with the link that has now been fixed.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Hawaiilad

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 11:31 PM

Thanks Gerry…I will check it out. Is this the same sled others using the Ring Master are making? You say I do not need any special items..we can use a regular drafting triangle. I thought I read somewhere there needed to be other triangles used as well when you wanted to cut smaller segments.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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TheDane

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#6 posted 05-19-2015 01:30 AM

Is this the same sled others using the Ring Master are making?

Don’t know … I have never looked at Ringmaster.

You say I do not need any special items..we can use a regular drafting triangle. I thought I read somewhere there needed to be other triangles used as well when you wanted to cut smaller segments.

A standard 30/60 drafting triangle will yield 12-segment rings. If you want to do others, you will need wedges cut to the appropriate angles.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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Hawaiilad

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#7 posted 05-19-2015 03:09 AM

Thank you very much. I seem to remember others have talked about the custom wedges. Do you know if they can be purchased from the Segeasy site? I do own a Ring Master and the extra segments would be great

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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TheDane

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#8 posted 05-19-2015 01:26 PM

Do you know if they can be purchased from the Segeasy site?

Yes, they can (that’s where I bought mine).

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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