I have a lathe that I use to make chair legs. This is almost always green
wood, and everything I turn is round. I made a diningroom table, and had a
devil of a time making the transition from square to round. What tool and
technique is the best for doing this? I know, I should buy a book on
turning, but I figured i'd ask here first...maybe even get a quick
recommendation on a book that might show me that. Thanks
The best tool for use on a lathe to go from square to round is a roughing
gouge. If the entire leg is to be round you can knock the corners off, making
a octagon, using your tablesaw which will speed the process.
Buffalo, NY - USA
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Frank Pain _The Practical Woodturner_ , though out-of-print, may be
available in the library or a used book store. Any turning book should show
it. Frank Pain _The Practical Woodturner_ , though out-of-print, may be
available in the library or a used book store.
http://www.alanlacer.com/table_legs.html Is one location on the web.
At any rate, process is fairly simple. Use a fine-tooth saw to cut the
corners at the transition points. You can even take a chisel and back cut a
bit to them for relief. After that, it's skew, point down or chisel,
referencing initially on the transition cuts. You can also use a gouge if
you've relieved for a start.
The best way to do such transitions is as follows:
Sharpen your skew.
Position your toolrest AT the centerline (height-wise).
With the spindle turning at medium speed, place the skew on the
toolrest long point down and with the shaft parallel to the ground.
The width of the shaft should be nearly vertical; i.e. the short point
is at the top and the long point at the bottom. You may need to tilt
the skew towards the wood SLIGHTLY so that the cutting edge is aligned
with the wood's motion.
Align the bevel of the skew with the contour you want to cut and
present the edge to the wood. Keep the shaft parallel to the ground
as you make the cut. This cut is a highly angled slicing cut made
with the long point, and minimizes splintering.
Note that the technique is similar to v-grooves and facing end grain,
except that the skew is kept parallel to the ground rather than being
As you approach the final cut, increase RPMs, take lighter cuts, and
To sand, use a long sanding block, holding both ends and presenting
the middle to the cut edge.
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