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Forum topic by builtinbkyn posted 04-08-2017 04:18 PM 770 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-08-2017 04:18 PM

Ok so it’s not art, but it’s a first for me ;) I have need of a few knobs for a project I’m working on and thought I’d try using my drill press for this before picking up a bench top lathe, which I’d eventually like to do.

I always had interest in turning after seeing a few guys first hand, make some really beautiful stuff in the community shop I had access to a few years ago. I watched one guy for over an hour, turn intricate spindles for a staircase he was working on. They were all perfectly the same without using a pattern. He did use calipers and had the model placed on a shelf above the lathe so he could reference off of it.

So this morning I took a piece of maple, inserted a dowel on the center, trimmed it up on the bandsaw and set my drill press to turn at the highest RPMs. Then I used a few rasps and files to get this result. Seems the most difficult part for me was to get a nearly perfect sphere.

So I have a few questions and would like some suggestions. First, was the highest speed, 1750rpm, the best route to go? How do I repeat this to get them all the same size and with the same profile? LOL I know I guess I should expect “practice” as the response, but I would like some tips if there are any.

Well here’s my morning’s work of art :) The knob is about 1.5” in diameter and overall, 2.25” in length.


-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#1 posted 04-08-2017 04:45 PM

Well this is what I ended up after sanding thru grits and some paste wax. I guess if I can end up here with all the knobs, I’ll be happy. I’m just not sure of my ability to get them all the same.


-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 04-08-2017 06:06 PM

looks great!

-- Brian Noel

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#3 posted 04-08-2017 06:14 PM

LOL well that is confirmation enough for me and at least there’s no straight lines ;) Actually it was fun to shape wood without the use of a fence, straight edge, or other guiding device. I harken back to one of your videos for that inspiration. It seemed very natural to scrub wood into shape. I’ll have to keep that mojo in my head – you know – get in the zone ;)

looks great!

- bearkatwood

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#4 posted 04-09-2017 12:53 PM

Well … if indeed that’s the first … you started off as a pro. good Job!

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