Turning Archive 2007

Segments - Tip 1 - long *PIC*

>Perhaps this is common knowledge but I thought it might be of interest to people just starting out. Sorry it's so long and the pictures of examples locate as replys to this post. Couldn't think of another way to do it.

When cutting segments it is common to flip the board to cut the next segment so as not to waste any more than the saw kerf. When cutting segments that will have their top surface exposed this can give unexpected results. This method works well on most woods when the grain runs straight through the length of the board especially then the end grain is either vertical or horizontal as in A&B below (Also see Example 1). When the grain is at an angle (C) the grain that shows in the turned object may differ in sequential segments (See Example 2). In certain woods, even if the grain runs straight the length of the board and is oriented like A or B there can be drastic differences in sequential segments (See Example 3 - left). To avoid this, cut the segment, flip the board and cut the smallest waste piece you can, then flip the board and cut the next segment (See Example 3 - right).

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