Thanks for all the interest guys,
Mitch, yes I made the tool and cutters myself but it's taken a long time to get this far, I gave up on the tool at one stage and almost scrapped the idea. I started working on it again after a few months and started to get some results.
Mike, Each different section of the disk are mostley cut with one pass that includes the chatter I've used two and sometimes three different cutters on the disks, it only takes a few seconds to swap over the cutter for a different design. I wreckon it take about 2-3 minuites to make each disk that includes swapping cutters.
The depth of the cut can depend on the design you want and type of wood used (hard wood end grain is best) and sharpness of the cutters but there is a limit to depth, you just have to use your own judgement and know when to stop which soon comes with a bit of practice, you can also pick up on a cut again if it's not as deep as you thought and you want to go a little deeper.
I use a soft brass brush or wire wool to clean the work up then applied a very thin coat of sanding sealer then wax and buff.
The only trouble with using sanding sealer is it can clog up some the finer detail if to much is applied, there maybe a better product
to use for finishing, i'll have a look around when I have the time.
Chevyll, It is a lot easier than you think, on a scale of 1-10,
10 being the most difficult, I wreckon 2 would be the level for turning the disks and 3 for adding a patten to a turning.
I use a 40 year old viceroy lathe so there's no Hi-Tek tricks or gadgets used or involved.
I'll try to get some clearer pictures done in the daylight
Last edited by shredder; 09-15-2008 at 06:56 AM.