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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 08-13-2017 07:10 PM 2628 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: An Ambitious Endeavor Part 2 of • Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu series Part 3: Barley Twist Split Spindle »

To the File Box! –
 
Having formed the beads and flats at both ends and roughed out the cylinder for the barley twist … it was time to disconnect from the lathe and split the spindle.
 

 
With just a few whacks of a chisel the spindle split nicely along the brown paper seam.
 
             
 
Voilà … time to get the file box!
 

 
My file box is nothing more than a hand powered lathe of sorts. Fixed head stock at one end … movable tail stock at the other.
 

 
The centers are actually nails driven into the work piece. In this case the nails are “L” shaped and driven into each end of the split spindle.
 

 
The nails then ride in the head and tail stocks as shown …
 

 
The work piece simply swivels back and forth in the file box suspended by the nails. Not much to it, really.
 

 
I used masking tape to lay-out mirror image spirals for the barley twists …
 

 
... then using a dovetail saw I create 1/2” deep saw kerfs along the left edges of the tape.
 

 
Once completed, I removed the tape and started defining the twist with chisel and file, the whole while swiveling the work-piece side to side in the file box.
 

 
Back in a few days … LOL!
 
Thanks for looking … all comments and/or questions welcomed. Follow my progress with the links below:
 
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #1 - An Ambitious Endeavor
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #2 - To the File Box!
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #3 - Barley Twist Split Spindle
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #4 - A Secret Drawer
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #5 – Butterflies & Trim
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #6 – Gadrooning
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #7 – The Right Color

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.



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lightweightladylefty

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#1 posted 08-13-2017 09:40 PM

Ron,

Thanks for showing how to use the file box. Someone said he clamps a stop to the saw to keep the depth consistent. Does the ability to swing the piece in the file box make it considerably easier to keep a uniform depth?

We look forward to seeing your progress.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Oldtool

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#2 posted 08-13-2017 09:48 PM

Looking pretty good Ron, well thought out procedures make for a correct and beautiful finished project.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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Ron Aylor

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#3 posted 08-13-2017 09:53 PM


Ron,

Thanks for showing how to use the file box. Someone said he clamps a stop to the saw to keep the depth consistent. Does the ability to swing the piece in the file box make it considerably easier to keep a uniform depth?

We look forward to seeing your progress.

L/W

- lightweightladylefty

L/W,

Thanks for asking. I simply mark the depth with tape along the edge of the saw. You need to keep an eye on the tape as you rotate the work piece …
 

 
... it’s easy to get carried away and saw too deeply. I could have used my kerfing plane (built in depth stop) ... just didn’t feel like taking it apart! Thanks again.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#4 posted 08-13-2017 09:55 PM



Looking pretty good Ron, well thought out procedures make for a correct and beautiful finished project.

- Oldtool

Thank you, Sir!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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lightweightladylefty

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#5 posted 08-13-2017 11:32 PM

Ron,

Thanks for the additional photo. I thought I was just seeing reflection, but now I see that you have blue tape on the saw. (Oh, how these old eyes play tricks on me!)

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Dave Polaschek

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#6 posted 08-14-2017 10:44 AM

Thanks for the explanation of how to use the file box, Ron. Clever! And it looks like you’re making good headway on the trickiest part of the build.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#7 posted 08-14-2017 11:08 AM


Thanks for the explanation of how to use the file box, Ron. Clever! And it looks like you re making good headway on the trickiest part of the build.

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. Not sure about this part being the trickiest, but it sure is the most labor intensive. I think my real challenge my be met once I tackle the door panel …

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dave Polaschek

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#8 posted 08-14-2017 11:21 AM

It’s good to challenge yourself, right? That’s what I was telling myself yesterday as I was resawing oak, ziricote, and rock maple and having a heckuva case of the wanders. Guess I should’ve said “trickiest part of the build… so far!” ;-)

When you get to the door, are you going to make jigs for cutting the angles? I’d be chopping up some MDF if I were tackling those.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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Ron Aylor

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#9 posted 08-14-2017 11:26 AM



It s good to challenge yourself, right? That s what I was telling myself yesterday as I was resawing oak, ziricote, and rock maple and having a heckuva case of the wanders. Guess I should ve said “trickiest part of the build… so far!” ;-)

When you get to the door, are you going to make jigs for cutting the angles? I d be chopping up some MDF if I were tackling those.

- Dave Polaschek

Not sure my Elizabethan counter-part would have had MDF to experiment with … LOL … I’ll just make paper templates and hope for the best!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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JADobson

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#10 posted 08-14-2017 01:20 PM

Looking good Ron. Your work is inspiring.

-- No craft is very far from the line beyond which is magic. -- Lord Dunsany

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Planeman40

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#11 posted 08-14-2017 01:33 PM

Your Elizabethan counterpart wouldn’t have had masking tape either. Just teasing Ron! Looking good.

I think the best way to cut those angles on the parts for the door will be to make a planing fixture with that angle (they are all the same aren’t they?) and affix the part on the fixture and use a VERY sharp plane to cut the angles.

Rufus

-- Always remember: It is a mathematical certainty that half the people in this country are below average in intelligence!

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Ron Aylor

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#12 posted 08-14-2017 01:53 PM


Your Elizabethan counterpart wouldn t have had masking tape either. Just teasing Ron! Looking good.

I think the best way to cut those angles on the parts for the door will be to make a planing fixture with that angle (they are all the same aren t they?) and affix the part on the fixture and use a VERY sharp plane to cut the angles.

Rufus

- Planeman40

But he might have had parchment or silk with hide glue on one side … maybe … LOL!

Yeah, the facets on the door panels will require a jig of some sort … the jury is still out on that one.

Thanks, Rufus!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Ron Aylor

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#13 posted 08-14-2017 01:54 PM



Looking good Ron. Your work is inspiring.

- JADobson

Thank you, Sir!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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Dan Wolfgang

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#14 posted 08-15-2017 12:57 AM

Really great results, Ron! The file box is pretty neat!

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Ron Aylor

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#15 posted 08-15-2017 10:06 AM



Really great results, Ron! The file box is pretty neat!

- Dan Wolfgang

Thanks, Dan!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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