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Michael Murphy

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#1 posted 03-18-2010 05:27 PM

I did something similar once when I needed to duplicate some small spindles in redwood for an outdoor porch rail, mine had larger round beads of various sizes but were really pretty simple.

Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures, but I just used a plunge base router with a guide bushing in the base to follow a pattern suspended over the top of the lathe. All you need is a straight line parallel to the centerline of the spindle so that on your finished cut the center of the bit is over the center of the spindle at the right distance.

Make light cuts at first, slower speed on the lathe, move the router slowly. It should not be too hard to do. By the time you have done 5 you will know all the tricks.

Plan on makeing a few extra, on those redwood things the bit tended to knock chunks off the beads unless the feed was real slow. You might want to knock the corners off on the table saw to make octagons instead of squares to start from. Lots less wood turned to dust.

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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