One of the kids is interested in segmented wood turning so i looked online the other day and saw many articles which show computer software for figuring the angles and cuts etc-, high end cross cut sleds for table saws, and some very complex articles on the vennering etc- on and on
I have a couple questions for anybody doing this type of turning out there before i jump and buy some additional tools that would be needed.
1). What or where is a good cross cut type sled (or whatever they use on the table saws to get the perfect type cuts for the joints) for making the segments ?
2). Possibly a good instructional DVD is a starting point - thoughts?
3). Is this something that can be done without all the complexity ive been reading about ? ie...complex software to create the patterns and cuts etc--
In the simpliest form what i saw was cutting and rubberbanding the glued pc's together to form the rings, then gluing the rings.
The issue i have before i do this for them is this - I was at a art show awhile back and saw a guy that wanted $700 and up for his segmented turnings.....While a very nice finish was put on them the one thing that stood out with very close inspection was you could see the joints (or-gaps in the wood joints). Leading me to believe that one of the big things is to make sure you have a good blade on your tablesaw and a very accurate way to duplicate the angle cuts on the sled......would this be correct ?