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Re: Newbie turner just checking in
Reply #15 - Aug 23rd, 2005 at 1:12pm
 
Hi Jeff,
        Very impressive items, up until now 99.9% of segmented turning didnt look right to me, didnt really like it and never gave it a second look. (Sorry all you segmented turners reading this) However, I have to say your work is very attractive and I find myself studying it to see how it was created. No luck yet on that score but it proves your stile has what it needs. quite what exactly attracts me to yours I have yet to discover, be assured I will be comparing yours to others to find the answer, any chance you'll tell us just how long cutting, preparing and glueing?
I guess the art is knowing how the finished piece will look when you are working on all the little bits of wood.

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Reply #16 - Aug 23rd, 2005 at 2:13pm
 
Sorry I am a bit late with this, but welcome to WR, Jeff.  You're doing some awesome work already, definitely well on your way to becoming a great turner.  If you haven't already you should check out Malcolm Tibbetts book on segmented turning.  At the rate you're going you're going to need a challenge soon and Malcolm's projects will push your limits even years from now.

By the way, what are you using to get the wood to look silver in some of your pieces?

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Reply #17 - Aug 23rd, 2005 at 4:41pm
 
Boots,
 Thank you very much for your praise...... If I can turn one solid turner to segmented turner also...............my life will be complete!!! Hehehe Grin
   I cant say I know what style  or whatnot  that I have......I just lay out my stuff on woodturner pro (just to get the angles for my compound or stave pieces) and go from there. Many times things are modified and changed as I go,,,,lets say if a semi finished diameter is smaller than I expected  then I adjust the next ring to fit it rather than going off the cut sheet the puter spit out for me. Ive made a few Items without woodturner pro software and just measured as I went,,,,,,granted they wernt with stave segments  ( I need that software for that cuz I flunked geometry.......the only math we use!!)
   I Quickly learned to do one ring ata time, true up the face , glue on, tru up edges and face, put on next ring. It works out much better than trying to glue up many segments and mount them to find your lathe  break dances better that you!!
On the same note ....Ill add rings and or veneer spacers.
 I guess I really dont follow a set "plan" or "cut list" and dont care if I adhere to any such plan........... If it looks like crap....................oh well ,,,,, Grin Its a nice lookin piece of crap in my eyes!!
  My  first couple pieces took about 30 to 40 hours, but now Ive got to the point where I can mill up all the wood, cut all the pieces in a couple hours....if that. Then gluing is about 10 min a ring. I sand one edge flat on the disc sander then glue that to the bottom disc. Then true up that face and repeat with the second ring, and so on. Some pieces I do the base first, then the top, finish insides then join them and finish turning the outside. The pieces with laminate are basically built around the laminate ring,  meaning I make the laminate board first and cut into segments to make desired diameter first. I dont always end up with my desired diameter (cutting and shaving a segment to keep a pattern centered or to make the joints line up). Then the rest of the piece is built around that ring.
 The mohagany piece with the celtic squares only took me about 8 hours start to finish, working time. That of course does not include glue drying time.
 Another thing I quickly learned it to leave the piece mounted on the face plate until its complete. Even if I take the screws out, use the faceplate for something else and then mount the piece back on the faceplate using the same holes, same placement, it always comes out needing trued up again. The slightest deviation requires turning the whole thing again....inside and out.
 I hope this answers a couple of your questions
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Reply #18 - Aug 24th, 2005 at 12:59pm
 
Hi,
    Its all begining to make sense now, thanks for the explanation. Im sure its harder than it looks. perhaps one day, who knows.

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Reply #19 - Sep 5th, 2005 at 12:50pm
 
Both Tibbetts' and Hampton's books are good reading. Very different approaches, but a lot of info in each.
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