Segmented Turning™ - Segmented Turning Book
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|Often the first words spoken by one of my new customers are "What do I do first?" After answering
that question many times, I decided a book was needed to really answer that question properly. A book
to lead you through the design, fabrication, and finishing steps with tips and tricks to make it all
Well, I've written that book; it's 178 pages and packed with 247 pictures, drawings, and tables and there are 1325 copies in customer hands.
ISBN #0-9760305-0-0, Library of Congress #2004111473
Here is a brief description of the 17 chapters in the book:
1. What is Segmented Turning? – The book kicks off with a short, motivational discussion of how a segmented object differs from a normal lathe turning and a sampling of the kinds of things that can be constructed from segmented rings.
2. The Tools of the Art/Trade – This section discusses most of the tools used for making segmented projects. It includes information on the use of chisels, routers, lathes, measuring devices, sanders, saws (table, radial arm, chop, and band), and Ring Master™. Safety, as it pertains to each type of tool is also discussed.
3. Designing a Project – This section, the real meat of the book, starts with the principles of design, their applicability to segmented projects, and how the elements of design are used to achieve design goals. Manual, semi-computerized and fully computerized methods of getting the basic object drawn are presented. Then several ways of adorning a segmented project are shown (bottom designs, grain orientation, segment alignment, spacers and gaps, segment colors, mosaics, inlays, laminates, sandwiches, cookie logs, and the power of joints). This list could go on and on, but I had to stop somewhere.
4. Selecting Your Materials – The process I use for choosing the right pieces of wood to use is spelled out. The effects of choosing consistent or irregular coloring and grain orientations are presented.
5. Preparing Your Materials – The ripping, re-sawing, surfacing and/or dimensional sanding steps needed to get materials ready for the project are explained. The special needs of sandwiched construction are also discussed.
6. Cutting Rings – I spell out how to cut segments using a table saw, band saw, or chop saw.
7. Gluing Rings – I talk about three methods of gluing and clamping a segmented ring along with how to eliminate gaps in the glue joints.
8. Flattening Rings – I present seven ways of getting segmented rings flat so they can be stacked up into the project form.
9. Mounting Your Piece for Turning –Several different ways of putting a project on the lathe along with the applicability of each method are discussed.
10. Stacking up the Project – The two ways of stacking up and gluing a segmented project are described. My way (stack a little, turn a little) and the other way (one big glue-up).
11. Sanding Your Project – Getting the most out of sandpaper and sanding the inside and outside of the project are discussed.
12. Finishing – This section spells out how to get the most out of lacquer, varnish, shellac, oil, and friction finishes.
13. Photographing the Result – I present three simple setups you can use to take professional looking pictures of completed projects.
14. Documenting Your Masterpiece – This section discusses why you should document your projects, the forms documentation may take, what to include in a document, and shows a sample document.
15. Project Photo Essay – This is a step-by-step description of the design and construction processes for one of my recent segmented projects. It is intended to bring together all the material presented in the previous sections.
16. Project Plans – This section presents a picture and the cut list for each of 8 segmented projects.
17. AcuMiter™ Sled Plans – In this section, I describe how to build and set up a miter sled that provides for accurate and repeatable segment cuts.
"While many turners will have thought of attempting segmented turning, some of its
apparent complexities will doubtless seem more of a turn-off than anything else,
but if this form of woodturning is something you have always wanted to try, but
lacked the confidence, this book could provide the answers. Author Bill Kandler
addresses every conceivable stage of segmented turning..."
"Woodturning" magazine, February 2005, page 4