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Blog entry by Ron Aylor posted 08-20-2017 05:18 PM 1282 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Barley Twist Split Spindle -
 
With most woodworking projects, especially hand tool projects, consistency is a challenge in and of itself. The mirror image barley twist proved no exception. After several hours in the file box, back and forth with chisel, rasp, and file, I feel like perhaps I achieved the proverbial close enough!
 

 
Although slightly off in spots, I think the mirror image accent pieces will turn out just fine.
 

 
At least … I’m happy with the results! Also, I do believe the photo below shows why I needed to disconnect from the lathe and create the twist in the file box.
 

 
So, after another hour or so of sanding, a slathering of boiled linseed oil, and a few days in the sun … my spring pole lathe turned-walnut-barley twist-split spindle-accent pieces (whew!)  … became a reality.
 
               
 
With the file box safely stowed for a season …
 

 
  ... perhaps it’s time to tackle the kneeling platform! 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
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #8 - Onward & Upward
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #9 - On the Rail
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #10 – Panels Rising
Fr. Chad's Prie Dieu #11 – Panel Risen
 

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



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 08-20-2017 05:35 PM

Ron, they look pretty good to me, nice work. They shouldn’t be “identical” if you are seeking an appearance of hand made, by an artisan in this case by the way. I’ve visited Colonial Williamsburg on a few occassions, and while the enactors there are taking their time to achieve perfection, the original pieces in the buildings and the museum are far from it. The many original pieces of furniture and the house’s and building’s finish work most definitely shows that “close enought is good enough”.
Nice work, looking forward to the next chapter.

-- "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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#2 posted 08-20-2017 06:27 PM

Nicely done, Ron! They look darned good to my eye, and now I have an idea what a file box is for. Thanks!

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#3 posted 08-20-2017 11:08 PM



Ron, they look pretty good to me, nice work. They shouldn t be “identical” if you are seeking an appearance of hand made, by an artisan in this case by the way. I ve visited Colonial Williamsburg on a few occassions, and while the enactors there are taking their time to achieve perfection, the original pieces in the buildings and the museum are far from it. The many original pieces of furniture and the house s and building s finish work most definitely shows that “close enought is good enough”.
Nice work, looking forward to the next chapter.

- Oldtool

Thank you, Tom. That means a lot coming from an artisan such as yourself. Thanks for the encouragement!

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

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#4 posted 08-20-2017 11:09 PM


Nicely done, Ron! They look darned good to my eye, and now I have an idea what a file box is for. Thanks!

- Dave Polaschek

Thanks, Dave. I hope a file box finds its way into your shop!

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

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#5 posted 08-21-2017 01:18 AM

Got a bunch of knife scales, a couple saw handles, plane, spokeshave and chisel tills, and a tool chest to make first, Ron, but I suspect it’s on the list now, and I just haven’t admitted it to myself.

Oh, and I need to figure out workholding for my big chunk of apple that’s going to become handles and such. I think that means building a twin-screw vise for my bench, but maybe I’ll rip it on my low bench.

But after that, I’ll definitely need a file box. If not at some earlier point along the way.

-- Dave - Minneapolis

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#6 posted 08-21-2017 10:40 AM



Got a bunch of knife scales, a couple saw handles, plane, spokeshave and chisel tills, and a tool chest to make first, Ron, but I suspect it s on the list now, and I just haven t admitted it to myself.

Oh, and I need to figure out workholding for my big chunk of apple that s going to become handles and such. I think that means building a twin-screw vise for my bench, but maybe I ll rip it on my low bench.

But after that, I ll definitely need a file box. If not at some earlier point along the way.

- Dave Polaschek

WOW, Dave, looks like you have quite the work schedule ahead of you. Good luck with that chunk of apple  … I look forward to seeing what’s inside!

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

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