Rounding piece without lathe

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Forum topic by yellowtruck75 posted 05-22-2011 03:56 AM 1250 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2011 03:56 AM

I need to create a long round piece for a music stand but the center support that needs rounded is longer than my lathe. What can I use to do this? If the piece is 1.5 inch stock are there router bits I could use?

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 04:11 AM

yes ....use a round over bit on four corners and you will have a dowel. Leave a few inches on each end square to maintain control of the piece on the router table top.

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#2 posted 05-22-2011 05:08 AM

find yer self a .75 radius round-over bit… try amazon, grizzley or eagle…

you could also make a radius template and carve,plane and scrape it

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#3 posted 05-22-2011 06:47 AM

You can round it has mentioned in the two comments above. Another thought, can you change the design somewhat and have make it an octagon for most of the length and just the last few inches round? The advantages to this are it will be easier to control with flat surfaces on the router table. You could first use a 45 degree bit to achieve the octagon shape leaving just enough at the end to use a 3/4” radius bit to round the end to fit into a 1 1/2” hole. I’m guessing about that part the 1 1/2” hole. Just a thought.

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#4 posted 05-22-2011 07:21 AM

You could also put a small pair of rings or other design towards the center of it’s length. That gives you the option of making it in 2 or more pieces that would fit your lathe. The design will hide the joint. Just dowel them together.


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#5 posted 05-22-2011 08:26 AM

Just use your lathe.
You can make two pieces (sections) on the lathe ,and attach them together with, glue and dowels ,or hanger bolts ,or other ways. You can drill centered holes with the lathe, for this.
Or you cut a tenon on one piece , and drill a hole in the other., that’s how I have done it.
Make some beads or something where they attach, and it will look like it is one piece, this way you can make it ,twenty feet long if you like.
This is common practice

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