I have used the CD stomper since you released it. What a great idea to make my segmenting headaches go away. I'm looking forward to my next project. Thanks for sharing your terrific idea with us out here.Eric
I've always used a lathe-mounted jig to apply segments to open segment vessels - one segment at a time. With the Stomper, I apply an entire row all at once with all the accuracy I've always achieved. It is a tremendous time saver.Arthur B.
Finally a good use for free weights :->Tom D.
One evening a years ago, I was applying an adhesive label to a CD using a popular product called the Stomper that utilized a simple plunger system. As I marvelled at another perfect positioning of a label, I remember lamenting, "If only I could be as accurate and fast when gluing segmented rings". The next day, I was using my home-made lathe-mounted Longworth Chuck to center a segmented ring and after gluing saw that it had been positioned perfectly. Unfortunately, it had tied up my lathe and got glue on the lathe bed. It was then that I got my V-8 moment - I just needed a table-mounted plunger but had no idea where to find it.
What could have a rigid housing, a powerful spring and plunger action? I found my answer in the underground sprinkler department. I grabbed a 12" popup sprinkler and saw that it had everything I needed but it worked backwards from my needs. So I diassembled it completely and reassembled it with the spring in a different configuration. Voila!
About then, I noticed the Home Depot sprinkler manager looking over my shoulder and he said, "Do you mind telling me what you're doing?" "Buying a woodturning jig, obviously." I replied. He slowly walked away, shaking his head.
The plunger gets you started, but you'll need centering solutions to make the magic of the Stomper System come alive.