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Posted on Using a Fibonacci Gauge for Wood Turning

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#1 posted 09-12-2012 08:26 PM

Rude Osolnik taught about breaking projects into thirds to arrive at a pleasing lines, balance and proportion in everything you turn. While a Fibonacci gauge not necessary will speed thing up on a lot of projects.

It took me longer to download plans and make my Fibonacci gauge than learn how to use it. Fibonacci gauge for more than just bowls. So, whether turning bowls or spindle work; change proportions simply opening and closing your gauge. If making a lot of same items do not change settings.

Marking out major dimensions along length, of spindle turning project provides proportions. Depending upon size of wood and design features checking circumferences may or may not change gauge.

Regardless size of bowl blank can mark off three dimensions bowl body, inside opening, and diameter of base can mark on or off lathe using your gauge.

Taking a gauge to the lathe with wood mounted and little help from pencil & ruler vice checking plans or drawing makes life easier. Give it a shot.

-- Bill

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