|Project by rance||posted 09-30-2013 03:50 AM||777 views||0 times favorited||17 comments|
I got a request the other day to turn a couple of knobs. One turned out to be a little interesting. Woodbutcher3 actually called me to see if I wanted this work. I told him Sure.
After receiving the samples to be duplicated, closer inspection revealed these were face turnings, not spindle turnings. I shouldn’t have been surprised. I’m now guessing that a lot of knobs are face turnings so you can see the face grain rather than end grain. This just meant a different(albeit slower) style of cutting on the lathe.
The one was rather tiny, as knobs go. I saved it for last. I turned the first one with plans to just spindle sand the scallops. After about 5 seconds of attempting that, I switched to cutting them out like Woodbutcher3 had originally suggested they be done. I fashioned a scrap block to hold it & index it and it went very smoothly with the drill press. Taking the plunge very slowly so it would not catch. I’m very pleased with the results.
I’ll say it again(in case you’ve never heard me say it before), duplicting a shape on the lathe is STILL not that easy for me. It took me over 3 hours to turn & finish both of these. Not speedy, but successful. Oh, and I used Cocobolo on both of these with just a little touch of brown dye to better match the originals. I have NO idea what these go to. I hope the client is happy.
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