Torque Workcentre at work.. #15: Cutting rings for bases.

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Blog entry by degoose posted 01-07-2010 10:48 AM 5214 reads 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 14: A couple more videos. Part 15 of Torque Workcentre at work.. series Part 16: Dressing a slab. »

For the last few days at the end of last year ….LOL…I was very busy… I was designing a recessed base for my Lazy Larrys..I have just taken the time to post this….To start I have cut a circle of 5/8” plywood to mount the bearing.. this is roughly 300 mm or 12” in diameter as seen to the left in the first pic.
This is accomplished by using the router to drill a hole in the centre.. the same size as the pin in the table. The hole is dropped over the pin and the router moved to the correct distance from the pin and x and y axis locked… turn on router and using plunge lever and lock lower cutter into the plywood…the plywood is then turned [ increasing the depth on completion of each turn] until the cirlce is cut..
... and using the Torque work centre I am cutting a ring from the same timber as I have made the top of the Lazy Larry.. this is also shown on the video of the TWC

Photobucket the router is then moved on the y axis [towards the pin] by the thickness of the cutter. This virtually changes the cutter to the other side of the line..the process is then repeated with the timber ….remove waste and then insert and glue the ply inside the round hole…..cutting the waste from the centre gives you a round piece that can move be made into a round cutting board...

but here is the kicker… I make the ring slightly thicker at just under 1” and when I sand it there is enough left proud to hide the steel bearing from side view..
Now replace the blank on the pin and move the router to the desired diameter and lock the Y axis [X axis has remained locked.. BTW it is in line with the pin.]


This one is Queensland Rosewood.. and is for this amazing top….

I kinda got carried away and made Eight of these bases.. 7 in Camphor Laurel.

After cutting the outer circle..
,Sand and chamfer the edges.
This is a shot of the bases underneath with a coat of wipe on poly…

A glimpse of the tops to 7 lazy larrys… first of a few coats of clear….also cut on the TWC
Lots of fun and a quick and accurate project… made possible due to the Wee Beastie… LOL

-- Be safe.

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matt garcia

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 10:54 AM

Man that is some pretty wood!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#2 posted 01-07-2010 10:58 AM

larry ,

looking real nice ,

bringing pro ,
to the ,

fessional !

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 11:25 AM

What the toy can do is amazing (considering the accuracy & ease of set-up).
..and that beautiful wood, make me liking my lips…!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 11:56 AM

Hey Larry,
Sweet job mate.

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 12:11 PM

great as usual larry

-- Ron, Missouri

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 12:39 PM

larry you getting the hang of that new beastie

you have done a wonderful job on these

Hooky (the new scrounger, i want free wood)

-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 12:56 PM

We’re not seeing Larry’s real mastery.

His real mastery is selling all of these neat things he makes.


-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 01:35 PM

Very nice.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 01-07-2010 02:04 PM

Wow Larry, you got it made. Here all this time I’ve pictured you up all night slaving away making these and other things, and come to find out you got a machine that does all the work for they are Beautiful though even if they don’t have a lot of blood ,sweat and fingertips in it.. LOL

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 01-07-2010 02:11 PM

Larry you did it again, why didn’t I think of that when I made my blue wooded susan. I am truly astonished! way to go brother!!

-- Robert-maine

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#11 posted 01-07-2010 02:20 PM

You make it look so simple. They are beautiful!

-- Janice

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#12 posted 01-07-2010 02:42 PM

Goose, Nice work! No lazy susan in that shop.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#13 posted 01-07-2010 03:09 PM

Great work Larry, your Queensland Rosewood is quit spectacular eye candy for the woodworker soul.

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#14 posted 01-07-2010 03:24 PM

I have recently received a complaint from the Queensland Rosewood and Laurel Wood Beaver Association (QRLWBA) about some missing wood. Your name kept popping up in the investigation – any thoughts on this subject?

Really great work on this project.

-- Richard

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#15 posted 01-07-2010 03:55 PM

Larry: A quick question Why would the bearing mounted in a recess, not be as effective as cutting a larger circle for plywood and the bearing. Is that to eliminate any cupping or bowing in the timbers?

Some beautiful wood and boards.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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