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Shaker Table Project: Legs get turned

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Well, took that 2x4 down to the shop this evening.   Laid it out between two benches,

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Laid out the center lines, trying to match the thickness of the board.  Theory said it would be a square blank...ok.   Circular saw to rip somewhere alnog the middle. 

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Then a cross cut at the 30" marks.  Wound up with four blanks.   Didn't even make a mark on my benchtop, either.   Stuck a bit of scrap in the vise, to hold the board off the bench

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As you can see, none were square.   Ah, but ..."we have ways"

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Stanley #31 Jointer plane.  Full width shavings.  A 22" try plane and a #414 Jack plane helped out.   made a mess on the bench, though

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Ok, that is out of the way, Time to clear off all the junk on the lathe bench, and try to find a few lathe chisels.   That took a while.  Found the chisels, and then had to sharpen them up.  Only used 3 chisels

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A 1" roughing gouge, a 1" skew, and a parting tool.   Lathe cost $90 back when I bought it at Sears, brand new!  At least it was back in the 80s...The drive belt is starting to show it's 40 years, too. 

 

Clamped a blank upright in the vise, combo square to mark for center, rotate, and mark again on the other end.   Hammer to drive the drive spur in place.

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Mount it up in the lathe, measure down 7" from the top.   Square a line across so I can see it, and fire this thing up.   Parting tool to cut until round, then gouge and skew until the first half is done

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Sanded off, too.  Slide things down and complete the leg, giving it a very slight taper at the same time.

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One done three to go.  Takes about 20 minutes or so.   Soon had all four legs done.post-3502-0-09465700-1425533054.jpg

So, legs are turned.   Next up?   Well maybe a top, maybe some aprons, and we will see about a drawer, maybe.  Stay tuned to this batty channel, the fun is just starting....

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