Trailer jack puts the pressure on segmented turnings
Gluing up a stack of rings for a segmented turning presents unique challenges—such as trying to keep the joints gap-free and the pressure even throughout the unusually shaped glue-up. I solved that issue with this trailer-jack clamping jig. Start by screwing together a simple 2x6 frame atop a plywood base. Install a trailer jack in the frame's topmost crosspiece. Apply the jack's pressure directly to the lathe's face plate—just enough to get a little glue squeeze-out. This jig works great as a veneer press, too!
—Jerry Livingston, Huntington, Utah