|Project by Berg||posted 1312 days ago||1769 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
I am stretching the concept of “project’ here but I’m just learning turning so everything is a project. And every success something to shout about. I was making a fingernail grinding jig in the spirit of Ellesworth and realized I needed a 1/4” dowel about 6” long. Darn another project unfinished; no dowel stock. Wait a minute I have a lathe! I turned my first dowel last night. Found some 1×1 oak scraps and dove in. When it got down to about 7/16” I put on a leather glove and cradled the back side behind the cut and lightly shaved the stock with a 3/4” spindle gouge. Using a 1/4” wrench as a feeler gage, I brought it to final diameter and smooth out the line using 80 grit sandpaper and a poplar sanding block. Jumped right to 220 sandpaper, no block, to finish it off. I’d post the jig as a project but there are a hundred sites showing how to do that. I figure this jig cost me about $300. Maybe I should buy the next one… nah.
-- Pete - "To every thing there is a season Turn! Turn! turn!" [Ecclesiastes and Pete Seeger]