Wood turning tip

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Blog entry by BigTiny posted 07-30-2010 03:00 AM 963 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those pf you doing spindle turning on the lathe, or any other turning that uses a “story stick”, here’s a little trick I came up with back in high school wood shop that I’ve found usefull. (we won’t discuss how old this idea is, other than to say it’s older than some uf your fathers!) LOL

When you extend your diameters out to the edge of the story stick, use coloured pencils to do so, using a different colour for each different diameter. For example, blue = 2 inches, red = 1.5 inches, green = 1.75 inches and so on. Then go to the end of the story stick and measure back to each diameter you’ve used and make a mark across the stick with the appropriate coloured pencil.

To use the stick, you just hook your calipers to the end of the stick and open/close them to the proper coloured line for the part of the design you’re turning. No measuring required, no need for a rule at the lathe (safer), less chance of mistakes and faster changes between diameters. Also, it is instantly obvious which parts of the design are the same diameter so you can turn them all at the same time, saving a lot of unnecessary changing of the caliiper setting.

Nothing earth shaking, but I hope it makes things a bit easier for some of my fellow LJs.

Happy turning!

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#1 posted 07-30-2010 03:34 AM

Cool, Thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 07-30-2010 04:20 AM

A great tip! Thank you I will try this…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 07-30-2010 04:25 AM

Good tip. Why didn’t I think of that!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 07-30-2010 01:16 PM

Great tip thanks.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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