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  1. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    Please share!
  2. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    Here's what Gottshall suggests. I see more construction lumber prototyping in this piece's future.
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    Favorite turned legs?

    Still a few details to clean up but I think we can call it essentially done for the purposes of this thread. Some lessons learned: The square portion of the legs above the pommels should be smaller. I went back to look at Gottshall and, sure enough, that's a detail I had missed. By that point in the build, though, I didn't want to re-engineer all the internals and decided to let it stand. It still needs some drawer pulls. Not sure what I want to do for those. The spacing of the two drawers visible on this face means that whatever pulls I make will be positioned in an odd place. Probably best to keep them as unremarkable as possible. It does indeed need a finial where the stretchers cross. Not sure what I want to do for that, either. Hardly a new discovery, but full-sized templates and patterns are always worth the time and materials it takes to make them. They also look cool hanging up on the shop wall. Black paint on a coarse, open-pored wood (aka the dreaded "Pottery Barn" finish) seems to help keep the attention on the prettier cherry below. This will eventually get a white fabric runner so it won't be a giant black plate forever. Working with "rustic" lumber (aka Cletus wood) adds tremendously to the build time. All the work of stabilizing cracks with epoxy and trying to get this stuff flat enough for work. This project used up a little less than half of the wood I got from this tree. For all that, I'm happy with how it turned out. This room is slated to be upgraded with better flooring and the table will look better once it's on something nicer than Pergo.
  4. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    Drawers drilled and pinned. 1/4" poplar dowels off the shelf at the BORG and, just to be whimsical, some bamboo skewer stock for contrast. Make things flush and smooth. Spray with finish. Stand on back patio staring at things while thinking very loudly, "Dry faster...dry faster...dry faster..."
  5. Bombarde16

    Miter Saw vs. Table Saw

    A miter saw can only make through cuts. A table saw sled can also cut joinery.
  6. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    It allows me to fine tune how far the drawers slide into the openings. Trim the tails of the drawer sides to make positive contact with the back of the opening and you've got a good way to ensure the drawer lands where you want it. Beyond that and in this case, I simply goofed. The drawer bottoms came from a 4'x2' sheet of 1/4" ply that's been kicking around the shop for forever. I made my first rip and found I was off by a 1/4". Clearly, I can't math. Now that entire strip is useless. I worked it out but the drawer bottoms came out noticeably shorter than the full depth of the drawers. Still turned out big enough to hold a remote control. So that's all that matters.
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    Favorite turned legs?

    That briefest of moments when I contemplate the base in its incomplete state thinking, "I can make the drawers later. Let's just get it in place and out of the shop." I've got too much going on and am playing hooky from more important work to build this table. But I've gotten it this far and don't want to condemn the piece to eternal unfinishedness. Dovetail jig is in pieces in storage. These are small, light-duty drawers. So I'm trying rabbets & butt joints which will be pinned with dowels later tonight. It's hard to argue with a sequential grain match.
  8. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    You can check out any time you like but you can never leave.
  9. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    I dare you. Four legs in different styles, different shapes, different wood species, different everything...except for the length, obviously, so the table can sit level. That would be cool. Should have had that idea on the first page of this thread and maybe we'd be in a different place.
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    Favorite turned legs?

    Well, then, let me read you in on the secret of turned legs: They're not the same. The four corners of a table are separated by such distance that you'll never see the inaccuracies in my turning. Moreover, one really needs to view at least three spindles lined up in a row (impossible in a table) to pick out inaccuracies. A balustrade, for example, would be a much more exacting test than a quartet of table legs. It helps to have multiple spring calipers so you're not constantly changing and resetting dimensions. It's a tremendous help to do a full size drawing on a piece of sheet stock. I kept this right at the lathe and referenced it constantly. It helps to make a prototype, since spindle turnings aren't as easy to model in SketchUp. While there's a dozen different turning tools that could get the job done, it's worth putting in the time to make friends with that most intimidating of beasts, the skew. Put it all together, and you understand why the old guys would often subcontract out any turned pieces in their work. You also appreciate why railings and newel posts today are a specialty item made by computers. Personally, I'm not sure it's my style either. Blame Mark J for leading us down the William & Mary path. That said, I'm glad I gave it a shot and can certainly see myself putting more turned pieces in my work. First coat of shellac is on. Still need to get working on the top and God only knows when I'm going to get drawers in this thing.
  11. Bombarde16

    learning by failing

    That's a lot of glass (lenses) behind a lot of glass (door). Will the next unit be equally as large? My first thought is that this would have been more successful visually and less stressful technically as two smaller cabinets instead of one large one.
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    Favorite turned legs?

    Even with a good template and a sharp bit, the router still burned, bit, and scratched enough that every one of these curves needed a lot of sanding. Mmmm, sanding. My favorite. With dowels in the legs, I can get the stretchers set exactly how they need to be. If these were straight pieces, the half lap could be cut with a table saw. Curves are only marginally more challenging: Scribe the lines and use a plunge router. If you've done any inlay work, this is the same thing. I already carted my offcuts out to the burn pile and they got rained on last night. No loss for firewood purposes but it means they're no longer accurate enough to use for setting up this cut. I erred on the side of cutting too deeply and assembled the joint with 5-minute epoxy. Messy (whence the masking tape) but plenty good at filling a gappy half lap. In W&M pieces, these stretchers get a finial in the middle, so there'll eventually be a screw holding the joint together. Mmmm, finials. My second favorite.
  13. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    Even showing up for work from time to time.
  14. Bombarde16

    Favorite turned legs?

    Two stretchers cut and routed. Hardest thing was making sure that one is right handed and one is left handed.
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    Favorite turned legs?

    Patterns. More patterns. In this case, I worked out part of the geometry in SketchUp and then started in with compasses and bevel gauges. Pattern stock was part of the shipping crate for the new lathe. Grizzly boxes their wares in decent quality stock. Where the two curves have their little jog, the stock gets down to 7/8" wide. That's about as spindly as I dare go. Should look cool with two of them crossed and half-lapped.