Spindle Turning Complete (coved octagons)

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Project by Ben posted 06-17-2013 12:03 AM 1176 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, had only today to work on these so had to come up with a method for the coves in a hurry.
Decided to try making a sort of “oscillating spindle sander” on the lathe to rough out the octagons. I also ground an elliptical nose scraper from an old plane iron to clean up the facets. It worked quite well.
Took me the entire day.
Turning was straight-forward. Cut the octagons on the table saw with the whole billet, then mounted on the lathe and turned the two ends.

Thanks guys for the support.

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#1 posted 06-17-2013 12:32 AM

Very well done : )

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#2 posted 06-17-2013 01:56 AM

Well done! I am always impressed when someone turns matching pieces on the lathe. All of my spindle projects are “one of a kind” :=)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 06-17-2013 01:56 AM

Wow! Very cool. Much better than my first set of spindles. Keep up the good work!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#4 posted 06-17-2013 10:36 AM

very impressive turning & clever way to cove the spindles.

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#5 posted 06-17-2013 01:51 PM

Great job of turning, I have a similar Delta Lathe, and wish I had something like that massive Famous Lines
jointer you are showing off in the last picture. I like the Yankee inventiveness shown in your fancy scraper,
thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 06-17-2013 03:02 PM

Well done duplication work. I like the way you solved the coves.
Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 06-17-2013 03:09 PM

Great set of turnings. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 06-18-2013 03:09 AM


Those are really nice looking spindles, extremely well matched, and very cleverly coved!


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