Checker Pieces. Turned or routers or both?

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Forum topic by Mark Scribner posted 10-17-2010 05:09 PM 3986 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mark Scribner

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10-17-2010 05:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question router lathe shaping turning

OK, so I am wanting to make a checker board and the checkers. How is this type of pattern made? Is it a router bit that cuts a dowel (obviously you could turn the rod first)? A patern like this would be better than just a flat circle.

Thanks for your input.

-- Mark, Kansas

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#1 posted 10-17-2010 07:20 PM

I think if I were to make something like that I would cut a dowel to size on the lathe, then cut the dowel into slugs. I would then make a scraper or buy one that could cut the pattern that I wanted.
Do a quick search for a rosette cutter. there are many to choose from.
If you only want the pattern on one side, you could buy a cutter of the right size. Use it to cut into the face grain and then cut the slug out.
Hope this helps, because this is a first for me. Offering advice in a forum where I know there is more experience and knowledge than I will ever achieve.

-- Mel,

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#2 posted 10-17-2010 07:30 PM

as mentioned – it’s a turned rod that is then sliced into chips that are then faced with a rossette drill bit cutter to make the impressions.

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#3 posted 10-17-2010 07:34 PM

another method is to cut it out of a board with a rosette cutter and then cut out of the board with the scroll saw.

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#4 posted 10-17-2010 11:06 PM

I don’t think I want to scroll saw it because i’m lousy with cutting circles on the scroll saw…

I found this
rosette cutter which I think might work…

Once I cut the slugs, do I just “clamp” them on my drill press and cut them?

-- Mark, Kansas

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#5 posted 10-18-2010 06:00 AM

What size of checkers pieces do you want to make? A rosette cutter is usually at least 3 inches in diameter.

For me, I’d chuck up a dowel (1” or 1 1/4”) in my lathe and detail cut the detail in the end grain and then cut it off with a parting tool. Repeat cutting profiles on the end grain and cutting them off.

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#6 posted 10-18-2010 04:35 PM

I’m with jeepturner – Except I think you really need a steady rest on the lathe to make this happen.

Once you have a cylinder, remove the tail stock, install the steady rest (if you have not already) and begin the process of cutting the pattern, then cutting that checker off (with a handsaw).

A special scrapper with the desired pattern would be nice but not essential. You could apply a small gouge (from a pen turning set) a number of times. Obviously, it would be harder to make them all the same that way.

Alternatively, you could mount a rosette cutter in the tail stock. I have no idea how you would secure the disks for a rosette cutter in the drill press.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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