Spirals into wood on purpose. Kinda like a barley twist...

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Forum topic by Michelle C posted 04-23-2011 06:31 PM 1675 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Michelle C

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04-23-2011 06:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip trick resource lathe turning

I have scoured the net, and haven’t found a whole lot of information.

Found an old guttenburg textbook, that is extremely old and hard for me to follow, and tons of cnc machinery that will do it for you. There is tons on how to prevent spiraling.

I am not looking into threading, and my thoughts is that there may be a similar method.

Wil is no help, as he says I shouldn’t bother, it would require too much work and effort.

blumix I say, (trying to get myself in the habit of not swearing, my son listens to me too well sometimes)

They used to do it back in the day, there has to be something about how to do it without getting lazy and a fully automated lathe. Too expensive for one, and ridiculous application for a tiny bit of spiraling. Not a hard cut in the tips. but more graceful lines that blend kind of.

my turnip looking ‘head’ on my spindles, would like to have 3-4 spirals that fade into the ‘neck’ region.


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#1 posted 04-23-2011 06:45 PM

Take a look at this, adapt it to your needs. Thanks Charles Neil, you explain it to where it makes sense.

I’ve done some, they are fun.

I hope I’m talking about the same thing you are.

-- stay thirsty my friends...

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#2 posted 04-23-2011 07:02 PM

You mean like a “flame finial”?

There are videos and articles online about how to do that. It’s
just matter of laying it out with a pencil and carving it.


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Don Butler

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 07:29 PM

Check this out.

I have it’s big brother in my shop


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Michelle C

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#4 posted 04-23-2011 07:40 PM

Thank you Hairy and Loren.. That is it, I just need to shrink it to fit. You guys are brilliant.

It is so much easier to look for things when you know the proper term to search.


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#5 posted 04-23-2011 10:12 PM

I’m not sure just what you are attempting to do but I do some spirals with the Craftsman Router Crafter. Check out some of my projects. If this is what you want to do maybe I can help you in some way. Send me a PM if I can help in any way.

-- Garry, Kentucky

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 02:34 AM

Check out the Woodwright’s show listings, He had a barley twist how to.

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