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Thought I should post this project, my 1st time building an island for my wife. Granite was a 3’x4’ remnant , bought during a winter vacation in Florida. Base is ash, stained dark walnut.
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#3 posted 11-11-2012 12:45 AM
If that doesn’t make her happy nothing will :) Beautiful craftsmanship, oh, nice shop I’m envious!!
-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green
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#4 posted 11-11-2012 12:48 AM
That ash looks pretty darn nice dark…... How do you like the Vega???? The wife is happy and that makes it all the better…..
-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........
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#6 posted 11-11-2012 04:15 AM
Beautiful – You did fantastic job!I like the design so much….and the color is so sweet so as the owner!
-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.
#7 posted 11-11-2012 04:18 AM
One more thing, did you ever tell us about your Lathe-copying device?Share with us if you dont’t mind.
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#8 posted 11-11-2012 11:32 AM
Very nice. I agree with woodworm, tell us how you like the duplicator.
-- A childs smile is payment enough.
#9 posted 11-11-2012 12:14 PM
I like the Vega copier, helps get you out of all flat work. I bought it 9 yrs ago to make the railing parts for our new house cause the wife likes larger newels and ballusters, handrails than what the builder could supply.You start with a paper full size drawing or can use a turned item to copy. Glue the paper to 1/4” ply, or pexi, or hardboard. Cut out on bandsaw and sand to the line.For long posts I make them in sections, turning a pin on one end.On low speed on the lathe I drill a hole with a forstner bit.The Vega leaves a rough finish, you clean up the surface, add sharper details with your lathe chiselsYou can make small parts too. Heres a bed I made for an American girl doll.Same post design, printed off a different size.Bedpost design from the shopsmith site, a free 4 poster bed plan for a full size bed.Here is the full size bed I built my granddaughter, along with her doll bed.
#10 posted 11-11-2012 12:37 PM
Thank you very very much Bryan for sharing how your Vega copier works. Thank you for the many photos of your beautiful work too.
#11 posted 11-11-2012 12:45 PM
Here is the picture of a bed I copied. On a drafting board drew a full size post using the little picture as a guide.I made this 6×6 bedpost in 3 piecesI decided I wanted a bed roll, so using the pattern for the leg to develop a bed roll pattern. Testing the look and size in paper.Add extra to one end of one turning for a pin. If you have alignment problems with the hole, just turn the pin undersize and let the glue fill the extra void. gluing two pieces of the bed post together.I used to try and turn by hand, but making all posts ruffly the same was tough and took a lot of time. With the Vega I can easily make the parts I want and look professionally done.It can be a lot of fun making turned parts, you don’t have to be limited to just flat work and you don’t need to be a lathe expert! I now look for projects with turned parts in them. Bryan
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