Newbie from So Cal

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself Forum' started by SKMoss, Nov 13, 2017.

  1. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    Hi all. Steve from So Cal. Just started wood working about 10 months ago. Due to some health issues I have to move my hobbies from outside to inside.

    Bought a Jet 1221 about 6 months ago and did a couple of mallets and a bunch of pens.

    This was my first segmented piece. I know pretty much bit off my than I should have, but it was fun and turned out ok. Really like the challenge that i see in segmented turning. It's a great mix of design, art and math.

    Found this site looking for software for turning.

    I got the inspiration for this from an image I found months ago. It would show up in image searches, but I didn't find the gallery owner until Saturday.

    Torus.jpg

    Thanks,
    Steve
     
  2. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

    Welcome to the forum, any questions please feel free to ask, we are all learning and everyone is willing to help
     
  3. mfisher

    mfisher Super Moderator Staff Member

    Wish by first segmented piece looked as good as yours.
    Welcome to the forum.
     
  4. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    If this is your first segmented piece, I can’t wait to see your 10th piece!

    I think you’re going to like it here. There are endless possibilities for segmented sculptures and there are quite a few of us here that are looking to see where we can go when pushing boundaries.

    Lloyd
     
  5. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    Thanks for the welcomes. Been looking over the galleries this afternoon. Some phenomenal pieces of art here.

    Looking forward to getting deeper into turning. Only done a few small projects but already hooked.
     
  6. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

    Warning segmenting can be very addicting..............you have been warned. :)
     
  7. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    Too late!
     
  8. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

    If you really get hooked you need to come to the Segmenting Symposium in Oct. You get to some of the best pieces in person and talk to the guy that made them. To say not of the GREAT demonstarations
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  9. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    Thanks Bob. I will keep that in mind.
     
  10. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

    I went to the last one in Boston and was blown away
     
  11. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    I bet. Boston would be easier. My companies headquarters is in the Boston area and I make semi frequent trips out there. I'll keep the St. Mo dates in mind.
     
  12. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    Now to go make a new sled. I made what turned out to be really similar to the wedgie sled I see here. But have a new SawStop now so have to make new sled. Also have a new CNC so making it won't be near as much of a trial and error thing.

    Next is to find a good full size lathe. I love my little Jet, but a lot of the projects I would like to try are just too big for the mini. And my Daughter want's to use the jet for turning pens, earrings and such. I've been eyeing the Revo 1836 from Laguna. Their main office is a couple of miles from work!! But I could sure use advice in that area.
     
  13. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

    As far a sleds go I'm using a Incra miter express, I can change from my set up for my open segment to a wedgie sled. Works good for me.
    As far as lathes go I'm using a old Delta so not much help here. Stuart has a Robut, my be he will chime in here. I've hear a lot of people like their Laguna lathes thou.
     
  14. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    This will show my ignorance, but what's the difference when cutting segments for open or closed vessels. Would seem to me to be the same cutting process, just different in the assembly????? but this is the 3rd or 4th time I've seen reference to a sled specific for open segments.
     
  15. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

    The cutting angle is slightly different and the SEL would be a little shorter to allow for the gap. Cutting angle does not have to as precise
     
  16. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    Thanks Bob! OK. Got that, but does that necessitate a different sled? Wedgie sled would work just as well as that great sled that's shown in Lloyd's video?
     
  17. Bob Beaupre

    Bob Beaupre Super Moderator Staff Member

    Yes Wedgie sled will work. But the normal Wedgies are the wrong angle. Jerry does have some wedgies that you can get for open segment
     
  18. SKMoss

    SKMoss New Member

    Bob, thanks. Now I totally understand. I wasn't considering the purchased wedges. I cut my own wedges by hand before to match what I needed for the torus above. Royal pain in the behind. But from now on I'll cut on my CNC so that should help.
     
  19. Lloyd Johnson

    Lloyd Johnson Administrator Staff Member

    One thing about the wedgie sled for open segments is that it cuts perfect segments but perfection is not required. The angle for open segments only needs to be close because the Segment Edge Length of each segment stops the segment from sliding on a SegEasy plate and where it stops becomes the outside diameter. If the angle is slightly off, it only effects the appearance of the ring and since it is a negligible angle difference, you can never see it.

    The goal in cutting open segments is to do it fast. If you have (or build) a sled that lets you cut multiple segments at a time, (like my table saw sled), it is a far better solution.

    I'm just working on a new Follow Along Project that uses a miter saw sled and it has become my perferred way of cutting segments for open segment projects. It is fast, safe and lets you stand up straight while doing it. All good things.
     

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