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#1 posted 09-15-2011 03:53 AM

I’m very impressed Bentlyj…I’m not skilled enough to figure that one out.

One method i just thought of is to chuck it in a drill press. Rough cut much of the wood by other means since a drill press can’t handle too much lateral pressure. But I’d say if you could put facets into the shape to get it close, perhaps also utilizing your drawknives, then you could go the rest of the way with the drill press. You may have to do the original shaping in halves because of your band saw capacity. But then you could glue it up and spin it.

Another way, if you have a large hand-held drill, is to make your own lathe using a jig…perhaps with a solid rod going through the football stock and held in the chuck. The jig could be like a rotisserie for your grill. I know that Grizzly sells something similar for your hand drill.

Of course, perhaps we are over thinking it too much…Craigslist is typically filled with old, very cheap lathes that will get the job done.

-- jay,

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