how do you turn a leg w/ lateral lines

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07-10-2010 01:11 AM

I am looking for a method of recreating a beefy leg (18” x 8”) it is turned in some sections and has lateral flutes through the mid section. I’ve found someone locally w/ a CNC machine but the cost would be prohibitive. any ideas would be appreciated. Brendan

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#1 posted 07-10-2010 02:12 PM

You could try it on a machine like this:

From misc pics

The legacy ornamental mill is another option.
I believe Gary K on this forum has one.

Finally, you could hand carve the details having turned the basic shape.
Dennis Zonker or kolwdwrkr on this forum could perhaps handle a job like this.
I don’t think any one wants to do this for you for free but I’m sure all will help you make you decision easier.

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#2 posted 07-10-2010 03:02 PM

just use a gouge and carve it.

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#3 posted 07-10-2010 03:10 PM

Brendan, I’m sure there are a number of ways of doing this if you have the right tools, but if you’re working with just a basic lathe and you are trying to duplicate the style leg in your picture, then you will have to turn the overall shape of the leg and then go back and lay out and hand carve the curved reeds. I know this sounds incredibley hard, but sometimes old time craftsmanship is a lot more fun then just throwing a piece of wood on a machine and pushing a button. If you are doing this to make money, that will be a tough one…....Either you have to pay to have someone make them for you or you have to invest in some pretty expensive equipment to do it yourself, or you have the hours of labor invested by hand carving. If you are doing it for yourself, then it should be a no-brainer, the learning experience and the satisfaction of doing it yourself should be the motivationg factor. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect ( look at antique furniture that was hand crafted and you will see that they weren’t perfect). Have fun and good luck. Hope you will post some pictures if you decide to make them.

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#4 posted 07-10-2010 03:56 PM

here’s the job done with CNC machining.

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#5 posted 07-10-2010 06:01 PM

Bob, I can’t make out the caption at the top of that YouTube video. Is that written in Canadian or something? :-)

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#6 posted 07-10-2010 06:25 PM

I would also suggest carving the details. If you are a little nervous about this, you could try a practice part first. Basswood or butternut are good woods to practice on…

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#7 posted 07-10-2010 07:40 PM

Charlie: Too many consonants for Canadian.
Prolly Cajun?

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