Vic Schapansky has been very busy making a jig, putting it to good use and producing a beautiful segmented bowl. Here is his story.
I was intrigued by some of the amazing segmented bowls HCT members were making so decided to get
into it. I made a sled which operates on one side of the blade. The sled has two fences which are set by a wedge inserted in between the fences. I copied a wedge from Mary. I used my electronic blade angle gauge to fine tune it on another sled. I also made a zero clearance insert for the table saw that pushes segments away from the blade. My target was to get it close to perfect. I glue up 2 segments then 4 and then 8. This creates half of the bowl. Then fine tune the two halves with a fence clamping the halves down and running them through the saw to make a perfect fit. An idea I got from Leo’s sled. Patent infringement?
I got this bowl finished today and called it ‘Air Miles’. It is made from 73 pieces of maple and walnut. It is 9 1/2 inches in diameter and 4 inches high. I used the segment sled shown above. It is finished with Tung oil and will get several coats of wipe on poly when the oil is cured. You are all wondering why ‘Air Miles’, well it came off the lathe twice at 1800 rpm. It flew more than I did this year.