|Project by Roger Strautman||posted 02-23-2014 12:09 PM||1223 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
I was asked if I could make a Steinfass. My first questions were what is a Steinfass and how many? Steinfass means stone holder. This is a traditional tool used by farmers to hold the whetstone used to sharpen their scythes. I made this from select northern basswood and is 12 1/2” tall, 2 3/4” wide at the flat area at the top and has a 2 1/8” x 4 3/4” deep opening in the top. There is a keyhole in the back to hang on a wall for decoration. Oh yea I also chip carved this one to give it some decoration.
How I made this was a real adventure. I took a 3” x 3” x 14” basswood blank and cut it to an octagon but left two flat planes longer, for the keyhole. I then mounted it in a lathe chuck and drilled the 2 1/8” end hole in lt 1” deep only. I left the drill bit in place this then acted as the dead center on the end. I then turned the piece to the profile except for the narrow end. I finished drilling the end hole and then turned the narrow end off. Be aware, basswood can be a real challenge to turn without the wood tearing. I made these out of basswood so they could be chip carved.
-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"