Project on a whim #2: Turning

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 02-17-2008 08:51 PM 1476 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Getting started Part 2 of Project on a whim series Part 3: Reeding »

It took about 15 mins to get the post on the lathe and get the pattern set and things set just right. So how its ready to let the chips fly and they do fly. I turn the lathe up full speed and go at it.

whim 1

The orginal post is 6 1/4” in dia. I decided to go ahead and use its diameter for the new turning. So the new turning will be 6 1/4 dia. to 2 1/2” dia. at its smallest point and its 33 1/4” long. Total turning time with the duplicator to rough it out 10 mins.

whim 2

I don’t try to get a finished turning with the duplicator. I usually rough out my 1/4 patterns rather quickly, just getting them close. And after the rough out is done I clean the work by hand. That’s why the duplicator is mounted on the back side of the lathe, so I can still turn from the front to clean up the piece without changing any set ups. Total time for hand turning and sanding the post to 180, 25 mins.

whim 3

I turned a lip at the top of the turning where the carved leaves will end. This will make shaping the top of leaves a little easier.

whim 4

The last picture is of the ball area where the leaves will be carved. We’ll get back to that a little later on in the project.

whim 5

From here we’ll head over to the Legacy and reed the top portion of the post. Then will get the bottom end milled for the legs and dovetailed and we’ll do all that next time around.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#1 posted 02-18-2008 12:58 AM

Nice example of good turning there Les, you have done those curves to perfection. What sanding process do you use?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 02-18-2008 01:36 AM

Show off :P

Looks good so far too ;)

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#3 posted 02-18-2008 02:34 AM

Really a fascinating process. I would like to see that duplicator work.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#4 posted 02-18-2008 04:31 AM

This is an amazing process, Les. In less than an hour you went from the blank to the sanded turning. As one of those who are “turning challenged” I find this fascinating.

I ma looking forward to your next post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 02-21-2008 07:43 PM

Thanks for sharing this awesome posting. I’m on to #3.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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