Project on a whim #3: Reeding

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Blog entry by Les Hastings posted 02-20-2008 04:39 AM 1634 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, turnings is done and now the post has been mounted on the Legacy and set up to do the reeding on the top portion of the post. Stops have been set up for the reeding and the proper bit has been installed in the router.

I’ll be using a bit with a bearing to do the reeding, its a 3/16 radious. It also has a five inch long shank which allows it to reach the center of the turning.


The Legacy has been set up to make 28 cuts for the reeding. The top portion of the post where the reeding goes is 10 1/2 inches in circumference, 28 reeds, 3/8” wide. They will end up about a 1/2” wide at the bottom. Total set up time about fifteen minutes.


This kind of operation on the Legacy goes rather quickly. The router assembly is set up to slide freely and makes it easy to do the reeding. Total time to cut reeds,,,,,,,6 minutes.


If you’ll look closely at the ends of the reeding they stop short, I’ll be carving those in the rest of the way by hand.

While its still on the Legacy I will go ahead mill the dovetails in bottom end of the post to accept the legs. A few minutes to change the set up and I milled the flats on the post for the legs. I changed the head to a 24 position plate and will rotate it by thirds or 8 holes to mill the flats. Total milling time for the flats,,,5 minutes.


That’s all I had time for this morning before work. I’ll get the dovetails slots next time and then I’ll get started on carving in the reeds and laying out and carving the leaves.

See you next time!

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

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#1 posted 02-20-2008 05:51 AM

I haven’t tried reeding on my Legacy yet. Gonna have to do that.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 02-20-2008 06:57 AM

I want one.

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#3 posted 02-20-2008 01:14 PM

Still looking good! I’m envious of the Legacy though…I want one of those bad!

-- "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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#4 posted 02-20-2008 01:45 PM

Nice post, Les. This is truly a fascinating process to watch. Keep ‘em coming.

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

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#5 posted 02-20-2008 04:09 PM

WOW nice setup.

Would love to see a video of that thing in operation

-- Hope Never fails

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 02-20-2008 04:51 PM

I STILL want one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Les Hastings

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#7 posted 02-20-2008 08:21 PM

I want another one! Legacy is starting to do some stuff with cnc now to.

Sorry Mario I haven’t got into the video thing yet, Maybe in the future. You can go to I think the have a video online you can watch.

They do sell a small one now that is only around $800.00 for those that are interested.

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

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#8 posted 02-21-2008 07:47 PM

Mouth watering!!

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

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#9 posted 02-25-2008 03:13 AM

Only been here a day or two and learned something already. The “reeding” (which I had always thought was flutting )adds so much. I have always admired turnings with this work done. So many works of yesterday were reeded and I am still planning an attempt of improvising a way with my router and standard lath. If my results are half as good as yours I would be happy. Your presentation is an inspiration

-- AllWood

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