|Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder||posted 02-20-2015 01:18 AM||2421 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
After making and testing my shop made lathe duplicator system (see link below for blog about construction), I turned four finials for an antique bed I am working on.
First, I cut turning blanks from a large piece of African Sapele and cut off the corners using my bandsaw. I turned the blanks to round and using a parting tool, I cut a tenon on one end to fit my midi chuck. I marked the flats and rough turned them with the parting tool to form the blank for the finial.
I mounted the blank on the midi chuck and using a triangle, I aligned the blank with the pattern using the flats as references. Once the pattern was aligned, I tightened the screws holding the base plate to the lathe and commenced turning the finial with the Easy Wood Tools Finisher.
Sneak peak at the lathe duplicator tool…
Using the EWT Detailer that is set to cut equal to the pattern, I make the final pass on the finial.
And yet another sneak peak at the lathe duplicator tools…
I removed the base plate from the lathe and reattached the tool rest. Using the EWT Parting Tool, I trimmed off the top of the finial. At this point, I sanded the finial with 180 grit sandpaper and using the EWT Parting Tool again, I formed a 7/16 inch dowel on the bottom of the finial and then trimmed the finial off the tenon.
After two coats of Old Masters Dark Walnut Wiping Stain, I sprayed on three coats of Watco Clear Semi-Gloss Lacquer. Check out my blog post on an easy way to hold finials while you finish them.
And all 4 of the finials done!!
Check out my blogs on the construction of the lathe duplicator…. Lathe Duplicator Blog
...and my blog on using a DVD container to help with the finishing. Easy, Peasie, Finial Finishing Helper
-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.