More working with Pine #2: Rounding a leg, without a lathe

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-09-2016 12:11 AM 1304 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Yep. Seems the back legs need to be 48” long, from the rocker to the finial. “Plan” is to make these round.
Problem being my lathe. In “Theory” it can go out to 37” between centers….in practice? Not so much. sooo
To round over something this big and long, takes some special tools… of which I do not have..

Gave both of these a try-out, like the curved one better for slicing through the knots. The straight one? meh.

I would get an area roughed out, then fine tune it a bit with my one and only spokeshave. Main set-up involved a clamp at the far end. A small block was forced under the near end, to raise it up….easier on my knuckles that way.

I’d do a corner at a time, rotate and do the next, until one end looked …round..

The problem was, i could do about all but the last foot or so. Since I do not have a shave-horse, had to come up with a way to do the last bit

There is a 3/4” hole in the side of the bench, I use an old RailRoad spike to rest longer boards on. This time around, it hold the board from flipping up and out of the leg vise. I would do each corner, rotate, and do the next. A palm sander was also used to fine tune things a bit.

One down, one to go. The front legs are quite a bit shorter, they at least should go in the lathe…..or..maybe do them like this? Kind of match the toolmarks sort of thing?

Hmmm, stay tuned…..

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#1 posted 05-09-2016 02:25 AM

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