How to create a round portion in a square board (leg)

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Forum topic by whope posted 07-02-2015 05:53 PM 522 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-02-2015 05:53 PM

I’m wanting to create this cross-section in the middle of a 1”x1” board. I could do it on my router table (as described in my blog). Was wanting to try something by hand. Or at least partially by hand. The length of the cross section will be about 4”.

My current idea is to us a router to clear out most of the material and use as shoulder plane to round out what’s left.

Anyone want to make a better suggestion. Especially if you’ve done it yourself. I don’t have a lathe and not interested in getting one at the moment.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#1 posted 07-02-2015 06:03 PM

Make a jig for the table saw?
If it was me, I’d use a lathe.
How about borrowing a friends lathe? If you were nearby, I’d help you in a heartbeat…

-- "woodworker with an asterisk"

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#2 posted 07-02-2015 06:10 PM

I could do that. The approach would be the same as doing it with a router table. A slightly different fence setup.

As for the lathe, removing material from some areas and not where the circle touches the edge of leg is intimidating at best. At least for someone who has never used a lathe.

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#3 posted 07-02-2015 11:50 PM

You are trying to create something like this? :

My first thought is to start with a bigger square piece, drill and glue in a dowel. Cut to size after glue sets up.

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